Mira in 1962
January 11, 1942|
Key West, Florida
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Key West (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15|
1964 / Round: 18 / Pick: 137|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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George Ignacio Mira (born January 11, 1942) is a former professional American football player, a quarterback in eight National Football League (NFL) seasons for four different teams. He then played five seasons in the Canadian Football League and World Football League.
One of the best games in Mira's collegiate career came as a junior in 1962 in the Gotham Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Despite playing in 20 °F (−7 °C) weather in front of fewer than a thousand fans at Yankee Stadium, Mira threw for 321 yards, a Miami school record at the time, and was named the bowl game's most valuable player. Despite Mira's efforts, the Cornhuskers won by two points, 36–34. The previous year, the Hurricanes lost by a point to Syracuse in the Liberty Bowl.
Mira was selected in the second round of the 1964 NFL draft, fifteenth overall, by the San Francisco 49ers. Primarily a reserve, he played for eight NFL seasons, 1964 through 1971, for the 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, and Miami Dolphins. He was a backup to John Brodie in San Francisco and to Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI as a member of the 1971 Dolphins. With the 49ers in 1964, he threw a pass to Billy Kilmer that Kilmer eventually fumbled; the fumble would be recovered by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall, who infamously ran 66 yards in the wrong direction.
Mira signed a multi-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in August 1972, completing 92 of 168 passes for 1356 yards and 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 1973.
With the Birmingham Americans of the new World Football League (WFL) in 1974, he was MVP of their championship game victory, completing 155 of 313 passes for 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during the season. Despite the success on the field, the Birmingham franchise folded in March. In 1975, with the Jacksonville Express of the WFL, he completed 123 of 254 passes for 1,675 yards and 12 touchdowns and interceptions.
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- "Lakeland goes after Key West". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. June 12, 1959. p. 5.
- "Nebraska wins Gotham Bowl. 36-34". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 16, 1962. p. 1B.
- "Nebraska edges Miami, 36-34". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 16, 1962. p. 1, section 4.
- "George Mira cashes in". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. April 10, 1971. p. 10.
- "George Mira tried harder; but never rose above no. 2". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. July 25, 1972. p. 9.
- "This Day in NFL History: Jim Marshall runs the wrong way". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-12-19.
- Gilbert, Doug (August 8, 1972). "Als sign ex-NFL QB Mira, cut Chasey". Montreal Gazette. p. 29.
- Blackman, Ted (October 24, 1973). "Mira plays for free to prove a point". Montreal Gazette. p. 29.
- Browning, Al (December 6, 1974). "Birmingham stops Florida for first World Bowl title". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. p. 13.
- "Argonauts sign Clint Longley". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 23, 1977. p. 20.