March 10, 1938 |
Los Angeles, California
|AFL Draft||1960 / Round 1|
|TSN All-AFL||1960, 1961, 1962, 1963,
|AFL All-Star||1960, 1961, 1962, 1963,
1964, 1965, 1966, 1967,
|Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers
|Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1979|
Ronald Jack Mix (born on March 10, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is a retired American football player. The offensive tackle is a member of the American Football League (AFL) All-Time Team and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mix attended the University of Southern California, and upon graduation played right tackle and guard for the AFL's Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (1960–1969) and the NFL Oakland Raiders (1971& 1972; taxi squad during 1972).
A graduate of the University of Southern California, where he was an All American in 1959, Mix was an original Los Angeles Charger in 1960. Mix was also a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He was elected the National Jewish College Athlete of the Year.
Professional football career
Mix, who was listed at 6' 5" and 270 pounds, was an early proponent of weightlifting to enhance athletic power. He was years ahead of the curve that soon at lineman and other football players taking up that practice to become better athletes. His power lifts included a military press above his head of 300 pounds, a clean and jerk above his head at 325 pounds, and a bench press of 425 pounds, all of the lifts considered to be exceptionally strong for that era of play.
He was a factor in the Chargers' early domination of the AFL's Western Division, and in San Diego helped them win an American Football League Championship in 1963, when they defeated the Boston Patriots 51-10 in the championship game.
He was elected to the AFL All-Star team for nine straight years as a Charger, is a member of the All-time All-AFL Team, and is one of only 20 men who played the entire 10 years of the AFL. He was the first Charger to have his number retired in 1969 after he announced he was quitting football after playing injured that season. He earned a law degree from the University of San Diego in 1970. He told the Chargers he wanted play again, but they had found a replacement in Gene Ferguson. After Mix asked to be traded to the New York Jets, San Diego traded him to the Oakland Raiders for two high draft picks in 1970 and 1971. The deal was contingent upon Mix unretiring and agreeing to play for Oakland. He played with the Raiders in 1971. Then-Chargers owner Gene Klein, who hated the Raiders, unretired Mix's number.
He was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. Mix is Jewish, and was also elected a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, being elected to that in 1980. He was the second player from the AFL to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lance Alworth was the first in 1978.
Mix currently practices law in San Diego, California with a practice focused on representing retired professional athletes in claims for workers' compensation benefits. Prior to that, he was a civil litigator and received an AV rating, which is the highest rating an attorney can receive for skill and integrity.
Notes and references
- "Hall of Famers " RON MIX". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum " Ron Mix". Sdhoc.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. 200. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Sullivan, Tim (March 4, 2010). "Retiring a number can be tricky math problem". The San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
- "Politics Lure Charger's Mix". Schenectady Gazette. December 3, 1969. p. 37. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- Wallace, William N. (June 4, 1970). "Chargers Trade Mix To Raiders". The New York Times. p. 56. Retrieved May 14, 2012.(subscription required)
- Wolf, Bob (July 11, 1990). "REMEMBER WHEN : At Offensive Tackle, Mix Was Master". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012.
- "New Turf Rattles Pitchers". The Vancouver Sun. June 10, 1970. p. 28. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- Sullivan, George (2000). Any Number Can Play:The Numbers Athletes Wear. Milbrook Press. p. 58. ISBN 0761315578. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- Canepa, Nick (May 13, 2012). "Chargers have several more numbers they should retire". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012.
- Ron Mix[dead link]
- Mix's citation in the American Football League Hall of Fame
- Pro Football Hall of Fame: Member profile
- Mix's 1967 Topps football card
- Ron Mix – Raidersonline.org
- Ron Mix Profile at USC Legends