Philadelphia Eagles, NFL
- XXVI Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins (1992)
- Pro Bowl selection (1995)
- 3x All Pro selection (1991, 1994, 1995)
- Ranked the NFL’s 2nd all-time punt return touchdown leader
- Ranked 2nd on the NFL Network’s “NFL Top 10 Return Aces”
- Has held and/or continues to hold NFL records for career kickoff return yards, punt return yards, combined return yards, kick returns, punt returns, fair catches in a season, career fair catches and all-purpose yards in a single decade
Brian Mitchell is a former professional football player. He played in the NFL for thirteen seasons as a return specialist, running back and quarterback. Brian was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 1990 NFL Draft and played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants before the end of his football career. He was considered the second greatest specialist in NFL history by the NFL Network and continues to rank second on the NFL’s all-time list in all-purpose yardage with 23,330 yards. He helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 1995. Brian is also first in all-time combine yardage for a non-wide receiver and scored 13 special teams touchdowns, the second most in NFL history. In addition, he ranks third in punt return touchdowns with ten. By the time he retired in 2004, Brian recorded 2,336 receiving yards, 1,967 rushing yards, 14,014 kick return yards and 4,999 punt return yards.
Brian immediately made an impact upon entering the NFL. As a rookie, he was subbed in as quarterback after the Redskins’ starting and backup quarterbacks were knocked out of the game. He went 3-for-5 for 40 yards and ran for a touchdown. The 1990 Redskins versus Eagles game became known as “The Body Bag Game.” In just his second season, Brian led the NFL in punt return yards with 600 and punt return touchdowns with two. That year, the Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 at the Super Bowl. He led the league in combined yards every season from 1994 through 1996 and then again in 1998, one of only two players to lead the league in that statistical category at least four times. Brian joined the Eagles in 2002 and was one of only two players to be ranked in the top seven in both kickoff returns and punt returns. He is one of only four players to record four seasons of over 2,000 total yards.
A Louisiana native, Brian played football at the University of Southwestern Louisiana as a quarterback. He became the first player in NCAA history to pass for more than 5,000 yards and rush for more than 3,000 yards. He held the national record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 47 upon his graduation. After playing professional football, Brian became a TV and radio host and analyst. He hosted The Brian Mitchell Show until 2007 and co-hosts ESPN The Locker Room with Rick Walker and Scott Jackson. He also co-hosts Sports Plus and Sports Talk Live on television and regularly appears on Redskins Pre/Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet. He started and runs the Brian Mitchell Football Camp and founded the Brian Mitchell Foundation in 2001, which helps disadvantaged children in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Louisiana. Brian was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame in 2009.