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41. Brian Mitchell

If you are an all-time leader in any NFL stat, it stands to reason that you were pretty damned good.  This is who we are talking about next in Brian Mitchell, who is the all-time leader in Kick Return and Punt Return Yards, much of which was accomplished as a member of the Washington Redskins.

In 1990, Mitchell was a Fifth Round Pick from Southwestern Louisiana, and he would become an elite returner in his second season, leading the NGL in Punt Return Yards.  That would be the only year that he led in any specific return stat, though he was the Return Yards' overall leader in 1994.  That year, he led the NFL in All-Purpose Yards (2,477) and was first again in 1995 (2,348), 1996 (1,995), and 1998 (2,357).  Mitchell would go to the Pro Bowl in 1995, and he was also a First Team All-Pro.

His return acumen is not to state that Mitchell was only a return specialist, as he started 15 Games at Running Back and had 3,838 Yards from Scrimmage with a dozen Touchdowns for the team.  Mitchell left Washington when he was released after the 1999 Season, but he continued his career with four more years in the NFC East, three with Philadelphia and a final one with New York. 

Mitchell would overall have 21 Touchdowns and 16,905 All-Purpose Yards for Washington.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Kick Returner
  • Acquired: Selected in the 5th Round, 130th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/23/90.
  • Departed:

    Released after the 1999 Season.

  • Games Played: 159
  • Notable Statistics:

    15 Games Started
    352 Rushing Attempts
    1,751 Rushing Yards
    9 Rushing Touchdowns
    232 Receptions
    2,087 Receiving Yards
    3 Receiving Touchdowns
    317 Punt Returns
    3,476 Punt Return Yards
    7 Punt Return Touchdowns
    421 Kick Returns
    9,586 Kick Return Yards
    2 Kick Return Touchdowns
    5 Pass Completions
    13 Pass Attempts
    38.5 Pass Completion Percentage
    90 Passing Yards
    2 Interceptions
    42 Approximate Value

  • Played For: Washington Redskins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXVI)
    First Team All-Pro (1995)
    Pro Bowl (1995)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998)
    Most Punt Return Yards (1991)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1994)
    Most Returns (1994 & 1998)
    Most Return Yards (1994)

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