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Mitchell to be honored in Hall of Fame
Mitchell to be honored in Hall of Fame

WHO: Bobby Mitchell, former NFL wide receiver and halfback and Hot Springs, Ark., football legend, will be honored in his hometown community as part of a special program called "Hometown Hall of Famers presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate."

WHAT: Mitchell will be recognized by representatives of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF), Allstate Insurance Company and the Hot Springs, Ark., community during a special ceremony at Hot Springs High School. The event will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Mitchell, a University of Illinois alumnus, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 1958 NFL Draft. He spent four years in Cleveland before being traded to the Washington Redskins. Mitchell was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and won the NFL receiving title in 1962. He retired with 14,078 combined net yards, the second highest total in NFL history. He scored 91 touchdowns and 18 of his touchdowns came by rushing, 65 on receptions, three on punt returns and five on kickoff returns. During his 11-year NFL career, Mitchell amassed 7,954 yards on receptions and 2,735 yards on rushes. Mitchell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Charles Butler, Mitchell’s lifelong friend, will present him with the historic plaque.

WHERE: Hot Springs High School, 701 Emory Street, Hot Springs, AR, 71913

WHEN: Feb. 26, 2013