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Can anyone name the player who sits behind Jerry Rice with the second-most all-purpose yards in NFL history? Yeah, it's Brian Mitchell.
While Mitchell may not be a common name to many, as one of the greatest return specialists in NFL history, he most certainly should be more well-known. He was dynamic and electric with the ball in his hands, and was a key contributor in the Washington Redskins winning Super Bowl XXVI.
Mitchell currently has the second-most career special-teams touchdowns (13), and only trails Devin Hester in that category. Considering that NFL.com ranked Hester as the 32nd best player in the NFL for the 2011 season, Mitchell certainly needs to be considered one of the better players to play the game.
While people tend to overlook and forget the type of impact a special teams player like Mitchell can make, they are completely wrong in their thinking. Mitchell deserves all the recognition in the world, but he never gets it.
He is the most unappreciated player in NFL history.