HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Bobby Mitchell, Hot Springs native and former NFL wide receiver and halfback, was honored as part of a special program called "Hometown Hall of Famers" today.
Mitchell was recognized by representatives from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Allstate Insurance Company and the Hot Springs community.The event was held at Hot Springs High School Tuesday morning.
The program honors hometown roots of the football's greatest coaches, players and contributors. Charles Butler, Mitchell's lifelong friend, presented him with a historic plaque for these accomplishments during the ceremony.
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.
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