Tom Mitchell
No. 82, 84
Position:Tight end
Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1944-08-22)August 22, 1944
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died:July 16, 2017(2017-07-16) (aged 72)
Cape Coral, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Plymouth-Whitemarsh
(Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania)
AFL draft:1966 / Round: 6 / Pick: 58
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:3,181
Receiving touchdowns:24
Player stats at · PFR

Thomas Gordon Mitchell (August 22, 1944 – July 16, 2017) was a college and professional American football player.[1]

A 6'2", 215 lb (98 kg). tight end from Bucknell University and member of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, Mitchell played one season (1966) for the American Football League (AFL)'s Oakland Raiders, and ten seasons (19681977) in the National Football League (NFL) for the Baltimore Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. He was nicknamed "the Crocodile" and his pouring a pitcher of beer on the head of author George Plimpton is recounted in the book Mad Ducks and Bears. He died of cancer at the age of 72 in 2017.[2] He was father-in-law to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, and grandfather to Bucknell defensive lineman Joe Schiano.

See also


  1. ^ Khan, Saliqa A. (July 17, 2017). "Former Baltimore Colt Dies". WBAL NewsRadio 1090. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Klingaman, Mike (July 18, 2017). "Former Colts tight end Tom Mitchell dies at age 72". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 6, 2021.