posted on Feb, 11 2005 @ 05:21 PM
ASHBURN, Va. -- Brian Mitchell, one of the NFL's top return men and holder of nine records, will sign a one-day contract next week so that he can
retire with the Washington Redskins.
Mitchell will reunite with coach Joe Gibbs for the ceremony Wednesday at Redskins Park. Mitchell was on the team Gibbs coached to the Super Bowl title
after the 1991 season.
Mitchell, 37, was a fifth-round pick in 1990 and spent 10 seasons with the Redskins. He was released in 2000 after the team signed Deion Sanders, then
played for three seasons with Philadelphia and one with the New York Giants. He was cut by the Giants a year ago and did not play in 2004.
Mitchell holds NFL records for combined kick return yards (19,013), combined kick returns (1,070), combined kick returns for a touchdown (13), kickoff
return yards (14,014), kickoff returns (607), punt return yards (4,999), punt returns (463) and fair catches (231). He was also the leader in
all-purpose yards (23,330) until Jerry Rice (23,546) passed him in December.
The Associated Press News Service