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Mitchell Will Retire as Member Of the Redskins

Saturday, February 12, 2005; Page D02

The Washington Redskins announced yesterday that former running back Brian Mitchell will officially retire as a member of the team on Wednesday, bringing closure to what was a damaged relationship between the popular player and the franchise. Mitchell, a standout return specialist who spent 10 seasons in Washington, will sign with the Redskins on Wednesday and then announce his retirement at a news conference at Redskins Park.

Mitchell, who was named one of the 70 greatest Redskins of all-time in 2002, left Washington after the 1999 season, its first under owner Daniel Snyder, and spent four seasons with Philadelphia, then played with the New York Giants in 2003. He did not play last season. Mitchell, 36, holds franchise records for most combined yards and most punt returns for touchdowns, and holds the NFL mark for combined kick return yards, combined kick returns for a touchdown, kickoff yards and punt return yards. He ranks second all time in all-purpose yards, trailing only wide receiver Jerry Rice.


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Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs, who coached Mitchell before retiring after the 1992 season, will also attend the news conference. The team also announced that Gibbs will answer questions from fans Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. on WJFK-FM. Gibbs conducted a weekly show on WTEM-AM during the 2004 season, but was unhappy with recent comments made about him by its hosts and is not expected to continue his relationship with the station. Gibbs said during his most recent news conference that he is considering alternative avenues to interact directly with fans.

-- Jason La Canfora

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