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Sept. 23, 1962: Bobby Mitchell Redskins New Superstar

Sept. 23, 1962: Mitchell Redskins New Superstar

On Sept. 23, 1962, newly acquired Redskin Bobby Mitchell showed his old buddies from the Cleveland Browns what they were missing.  With less than a minute to play, quarterback Norm Snead connected around midfield with his speedy offensive weapon, who cut to the sidelines, faked out two defenders with a breathtaking stop-and-go move, and raced to the end zone.  The Redskins won 17-16.  It was a sign of things to come from Mitchell, the first black superstar for a franchise that bigoted Redskins owner George Preston Marshall had refused to integrate for many years.  In 11 seasons, his last seven in D.C., the multi-dimensional Mitchell tallied 14,078 combined yards.  He entered the Hall of Fame in 1983.