Illinois legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bobby Mitchell has died at age 84.
Mitchell was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 after having an outstanding NFL career as a halfback and flanker. He played for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, a standout for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins from 1958-‘68, passed away Sunday afternoon, per the @ProFootballHOF. Mitchell was 84.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2020
Mitchell also broke racially barriers during his time in the NFL, becoming the first African-American player to be signed by Washington. It was the last franchise to become integrated in 1962.
The former Illini great had an 11-year NFL career. He played with the Browns from 1958-61 and the Redskins from 1962-68. Mitchell was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and ended his career with 7,955 receiving yards, 2,735 rushing yards and accounted for 91 total touchdowns.
Following his career in the NFL, Mitchell went on to be an executive with the Washington Redskins. He is a member of both the Redskins and Cleveland Browns’ Ring of Honor.