Chapter 2, Page 55

Otto Graham and Bobby Mitchell
Coaching gallery: Otto Graham with Bobby Mitchell, Jo Kuharich, top, and Mike Nixon.
(The Washington Post)
Joe Kuharich

Mike Nixon

But he soon learned that he would be the first African American to play for the Redskins.

"I never thought of Washington as a Southern city," he said. "To me [he was raised in Arkansas], Washington was North." Reality hit Mitchell shortly after the Redskins re- turned from training camp in 1962. "I began to go places, and people kinda got up- tight," he said. "All of a sudden I thought, `Holy hell.' Because I hadn't experienced that.

"There were restaurants I couldn't go in . . . Ted Marchibroda [then a Redskin assistant coach] and I came out of the offices [on 9th Street, NW] to a place across the street where the coaches used to eat all the time. He invited me in. We walk up to the door and all of a sudden the guy doesn't know him. I was so embarrassed for Ted, because I caught on pretty quick. So I said: `There's another place where I've been wanting to eat.' I didn't even know the name of the damn place. I just pointed to the first joint I saw." Mitchell also remembered being in Duke Zeibert's restaurant once and having a man walk by and spit on his shoe.

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