Freddie Mitchell Football Career
February 5, 2012 by staff
Freddie Mitchell Football Career, Freddie Lee Mitchell, Jr. (born November 28, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. A four-sport athlete at Kathleen High School, Mitchell committed to the University of California, Los Angeles to play football for the Bruins.
In his collegiate debut in 1998, he had four receptions for 108 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown from Cade McNown, as well as a 34-yard touchdown pass to Brian Poli-Dixon. Mitchell broke his femur the following week against Houston and missed most of the season.
Limited by a knee cartilage injury throughout the 1999 season, he finished with 38 receptions for 533 yards. As a junior in 2000, Mitchell was a Fred Biletnikoff Award finalist and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors at the conclusion of the season. In the 2000 Sun Bowl, he had nine catches for a Sun Bowl-record 180 yards.
He declared for the 2001 NFL Draft following the 2000 season and finished his college career with 77 catches for 1,494 yards and nine touchdowns.
Mitchell was drafted by the Eagles with the 25th selection in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He began the 2001 season as the fourth wide receiver, but surpassed Na Brown to become the team’s slot receiver in week eight.
Mitchell became the fourth receiver again after the Eagles signed Antonio Freeman before the 2002 season and caught only twelve passes the entire year. After Freeman left before the 2003 season, Mitchell became the slot receiver once again. In the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers, with the Eagles facing a 4th and 26 situation, he caught a 28-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to help led the team to a win in overtime.
He finished the 2003 season with a career-high 35 catches for 498 yards and two touchdowns.
The presence of Terrell Owens in 2004 led to limited opportunities for Mitchell to catch passes and he voiced his frustration on and off the field. When Owens went down with an ankle injury towards the end of the season, Mitchell replaced him as the starter and had a two-touchdown performance in the Divisional Playoff Game against the Minnesota Vikings.
After the game, Mitchell said, “I just want to thank my hands for being so great.” In the week prior to Super Bowl 3plxIX against the New England Patriots, he created controversy by offending members of the Patriots’ secondary, including Rodney Harrison.
He caught one pass for 11 yards in the Super Bowl and was released by the Eagles on May 6, 2005. The Kansas City Chiefs signed him shortly after, but he declined to have arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee and he was released before the start of the season.
Mitchell held out from the Eagles’ mini-camp in late April 2005, with Andy Reid stating, “I did not want him here.” Mitchell was released from the team on May 6. He finished his career with the Eagles with 90 receptions for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns.
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