Aaron Mitchell (American football)

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Aaron Mitchell
No. 34, 45
Position: Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1956-12-15) December 15, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school: North Hollywood (CA)
College: UNLV
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played / started: 44 / 16
Interceptions: 4
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Aaron Templeton Mitchell, Jr. (born December 15, 1956) is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Early years[edit]

Mitchell attended North Hollywood High School, before moving on to College of the Canyons for two years.

He transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was the starter at right cornerback for the following two years. As a senior, he registered 6 interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

In 1989, he was inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys liked Mitchell's athletic ability and selected him in the second round (55th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft. In 1980, he became the starter at right cornerback, replacing Aaron Kyle and recording 3 interceptions.[1] In 1981, he was passed on the depth chart by Dennis Thurman and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for an eleventh draft choice (#295-George Thompson).[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

The Buccaneers moved him to free safety to take advantage of his aggressive hitting and to limit his exposure in coverage. He was placed on injured reserve list for the last two games of the season, after suffering a collapsed lung.[3] He was released before the start of the 1982 season.[4]

Arizona Wranglers (USFL)[edit]

In 1983, he signed with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL.[5]

Los Angeles Express (USFL)[edit]

In 1984, he played with the Los Angeles Express of the USFL, until announcing his retirement in 1985.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is currently a financial adviser.


  1. ^ "Theft By Harper Keys Woodward Over Start". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Looking Ahead". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Tampa's Mitchell Sidelined". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tampa Bay Waives Six". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Wranglers sign Ex-Cowboy". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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