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Those who remember Jim Mitchell...I need help


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Hi Everybody,

I had season tickets back in '66 and can truthfully say I've seen some strange things from the Falcons over the years.

Van Brocklin once traded Ken Reeves, our only all pro on the team, to New Orleans (the only team worse than Atlanta) because he was the union rep and carrying a picket sign. Van Brocklin said "Kenny, you and your sign have been traded to New Orleans." I saw Ken Burrow catch a pass, and when the corner grabbed him, Burrow was penalized for stomping on his toes.

I could go on but I really need some help from other long suffering fans who remember Jim Mitchell and Art Malone. I know Mitchell was involved and I think Malone was the other guy. During a game, the Falcons went back into a huddle when all of a sudden the huddle broke up with Mitchell and Malone fighting. I've never seen anything like it but nobody else remembers it. Am I beginning to lose my mind?

Sorry to say Big Jim Mitchell passed away 3 years ago of an apparent heart attack at 60. He was a big time tight end. One of the best.

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I had to look up Jim Mitchell and he was pretty **** good. Played his whole career in Atlanta with 2 pro bowls in a non TE friendly era.

How come he hasn't been mentioned more often?

With your request sorry I wasn't around then.

Yeah, he was the best tight end we've ever had until Gonzo. Mitchell was just a big strong guy who could catch and had speed and power. Gonzo has proven himself with his credentials, but I haven't seen enough of him to compare him to Mitchell. Mitchell's nickname was "Meat." He was nicknamed in the shower.

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I could go on but I really need some help from other long suffering fans who remember Jim Mitchell and Art Malone. I know Mitchell was involved and I think Malone was the other guy. During a game, the Falcons went back into a huddle when all of a sudden the huddle broke up with Mitchell and Malone fighting. I've never seen anything like it but nobody else remembers it. Am I beginning to lose my mind?

It happened. Happily I have never seen tape of that incident. Malone was talented and had his moments, but he was also a flake and had trouble concentrating at times. Mitchell got fed up and told him off. Malone reacted poorly to say the least.

To me Mitchell was the heart and soul of the offense in those early years. Of course he was overshadowed by Tommy Nobis in the press and never got the attention that he deserved. He took some heat because he could not keep his shirt tucked in ever. but I loved him for that. At times he looked like a man among boys because he had the speed to break into the secondary and when he did, they had a very hard time dealing with his size and strength.

Jim definitely deserves a place in the Falcon's Ring of Honor even though he is no longer available for speaking engagements.

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I do remember that fight.

I could not remember who was involved but now that you mention Art Malone yes.

But I do not remember the other player, I had in my mind it was between the FB and the RB

but I did not remember it be Jim Mitchell.

Mitchell is one of my all time favorite falcons.

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Hi Everybody,

I had season tickets back in '66 and can truthfully say I've seen some strange things from the Falcons over the years.

Van Brocklin once traded Ken Reeves, our only all pro on the team, to New Orleans (the only team worse than Atlanta) because he was the union rep and carrying a picket sign. Van Brocklin said "Kenny, you and your sign have been traded to New Orleans." I saw Ken Burrow catch a pass, and when the corner grabbed him, Burrow was penalized for stomping on his toes.

I could go on but I really need some help from other long suffering fans who remember Jim Mitchell and Art Malone. I know Mitchell was involved and I think Malone was the other guy. During a game, the Falcons went back into a huddle when all of a sudden the huddle broke up with Mitchell and Malone fighting. I've never seen anything like it but nobody else remembers it. Am I beginning to lose my mind?

Sorry to say Big Jim Mitchell passed away 3 years ago of an apparent heart attack at 60. He was a big time tight end. One of the best.

Yes sir. I remember that game. My thought at the time was, "how embarrassing." I believe the other one involved was Ernie Wheelright.....not sure, or was it Cannonball Butler ?

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