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Kevin Mitchell
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Personal information
Date of birth: January 1, 1971(1971-01-01)
Date of death: April 30, 2007 (aged 36)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
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Kevin Danyelle Mitchell (January 1, 1971 – April 30, 2007) was an American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played for the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Washington Redskins.


College career

Mitchell played college football at Syracuse University as a defensive tackle. He was the Defensive MVP of the 1993 Fiesta Bowl upset of Colorado where Mitchell had eight tackles, including six behind the line of scrimmage.

Professional career

Mitchell was drafted in the 1994 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round. He won Super Bowl XXIX in his rookie season with the 49ers. He played three more seasons with the 49ers. He signed with the New Orleans Saints after the 1997 NFL season. He played with the Saints for two seasons. Mitchell joined the Washington Redskins after the 1999 NFL season and played for them until after the 2003 NFL season.

Mitchell's best season came in 2001 NFL season when he recorded 81 tackles (68 solo), 2 sacks, and one forced fumble in 13 games.

In his career he recorded 300 tackles (243 solo), 6.5 sacks, two interceptions for seven yards, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and six pass deflections in 144 regular season games.


On April 30, 2007, Mitchell was found dead in his sleep. According to a preliminary autopsy, he died of a massive heart attack.[1]

Friends and family close to Kevin Mitchell said the cause of death was related to sleep apnea.


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