|No. 96 BC Lions|
Khalif Mitchell at the 49ers Family Day 2009
|Date of birth:||April 7, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight:||316 lb (143 kg)|
Career highlights and awards
|CFL All-Star:||2011, 2013|
|CFL East All-Star:||2013|
|CFL West All-Star:||2011|
|Awards:||Honorable Mention, All-Conference USA|
|Playing stats at|
Khalif Quadree Mitchell (born April 7, 1985 in Virginia Beach, Virginia) is a professional Canadian football and American Football defensive tackle who is currently a member of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He has also been a member of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League and the Toronto Argonauts. He was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and released in 2010. He played college football at East Carolina.
San Francisco 49ers
Mitchell was signed by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on September 21, 2010. He was added to the team's 46-man playing roster as a nose tackle and activated to the team's 42-man game day roster against the Calgary Stampeders for September 25. With limited playing time in the 2010 CFL season Mitchell only recorded 6 tackles. Mitchell's second year in the league proved to be a breakout campaign as he earned 2011 CFL All-Star honors with 33 tackles and 6 sacks. Despite popular opinion which suggested that Mitchell would try his luck with an NFL team after an outstanding CFL season, he instead re-signed with the BC Lions on January 16, 2012. Mitchell was suspended by the CFL on July 23, 2012 for two games without pay after the B.C. Lions defensive tackle violently hyperextended the arm of Edmonton Eskimos offensive lineman Simeon Rottier. Caused a local controversy for what were interpreted as racist remarks he made on Twitter about the 2012 US Presidential Election debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, resulting in a one game suspension and fined an 'undisclosed' amount of money. It started when he tweeted ""My Teamate said who I think Won the debate. I said the American Ppl. Cause if they watched carefully BOTH OF THEM Hide Money with the Chinks". He later explained "So I Never knew "Chink" was racist. I def. meant no harm. I was referring to Obama & Romney putting their personal trust in Chinese Banks.".
On April 2, 2013 the BC Lions traded Mitchell to the Toronto Argonauts for defensive end Adrian Awasom and the rights to an unnamed negotiation list player. Not long after the trade Mitchell began voicing his displeasure with being traded to Toronto. He announced that he would not be attending the Argonauts training camp which begins on June 1, 2013. Mitchell wants to be traded to Calgary or Edmonton, or have the trade between the Lions and Argos reversed and have the Lions release him. His future with the Argos was surrounded in uncertainty  Despite rumors that he would not play for the Argos, Mitchell changed his mind and was present for mandatory training camp at the start of June 2013. Farhan Lalji reported that Mitchell agreed to play the 2013 season with the Argos, under the condition that he be released following the season to pursue employment in the NFL.
Mitchell turned in a statistically productive season for the Argos, he played in 16 games, recording 32 tackles, five sacks (team high for the season) and one fumble recovery. He was named a CFL East All-Star and a CFL All-Star for his production on the field during the season. On March 10, 2014, Mitchell was released by the Argos. Mitchell was believed to be interested in signing with an NFL team for the 2014 NFL season.
BC Lions (II)
Despite rumors Mitchell would sign with an NFL frachise for the 2014 season, Mitchell signed a contract with the BC Lions of the CFL on May 6, 2014.
- Grey Cup champion Lions re-sign Mitchell but release Kornegay
- BC Lions lineman suspended two games for hyperextending opponent's arm
- CBC News, Lions' Khalif Mitchell fined, will sit out due to offensive tweet Oct 17, 2012
- Vancouver Sun, B.C. Lions’ Khalif Mitchell fined by CFL, benched for Eskimos game after ‘unacceptable’ racial Twitter comments, October 17, 2012
- http://www.cfl.ca/article/mitchell-on-the-move-argos-acquire-towering-d-lineman Traded to Toronto
- http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=420536 Displeasure with trade
- Mitchell attends Argos Training Camp
- Argonauts release DT Mitchell to pursue NFL opportunities
- Defensive Tackle Mitchell Agrees to New Deal with Lions
- BC Lions bio Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- San Francisco 49ers bio
- East Carolina Pirates football bio