Mitchell retires as a Redskin

Feb. 16, 2005 at 10:54 PM

ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Kick returner Brian Mitchell retired from the NFL Wednesday as a Washington Redskin.

Mitchell did not play in 2004 after not being signed in the free agent pool. Mitchell, the league's all-time kick return yardage leader, also played for Philadelphia (2000-02) and the New York Giants (2003). The most productive of his 14 seasons came as a Redskin.

"My 10 years here were great," he said. "When I left, I tried to do the same things wherever I went because it didn't make a difference what uniform I put on -- I was always going to be the same person and that's a person who goes out and gives his all."

Mitchell was a fifth-round draft pick in 1990 out of Southwestern Louisiana.

He has 13 career league records. Only Mitchell and Jim Brown have ever led the NFL in combined yards in a season four times.

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