George Mira

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George Mira
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Mira in 1962
No. 10
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-01-11) January 11, 1942 (age 75)
Place of birth: Key West, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Key West (FL)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
AFL draft: 1964 / Round: 18 / Pick: 137
  (Denver Broncos)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total Touchdowns: 19
Interceptions: 20
Yards: 2,110
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Key West, Florida, Mira graduated from Key West High School in 1960.[1] He played college football at the University of Miami under head coach Andy Gustafson.

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.[2][3] The previous year, the Hurricanes lost by a point to Syracuse in the Liberty Bowl.

Playing career[edit]

Mira was selected in the second round of the 1964 NFL draft, fifteenth overall, by the San Francisco 49ers. Primarily a reserve,[4] 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.[5]

Mira signed a multi-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in August 1972,[6][7] 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,[8] 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.

Mira finished his career in 1977, playing six games for the Toronto Argonauts as a player-coach.[9]

After football[edit]

Mira returned to Florida and now operates the Native Conch, a food concession at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables.[10]

Personal[edit]

His son George Mira, Jr. was an All-American linebacker at the University of Miami.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakeland goes after Key West". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. June 12, 1959. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Nebraska wins Gotham Bowl. 36-34". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 16, 1962. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ "Nebraska edges Miami, 36-34". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 16, 1962. p. 1, section 4. 
  4. ^ "George Mira cashes in". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. April 10, 1971. p. 10. 
  5. ^ "George Mira tried harder; but never rose above no. 2". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. July 25, 1972. p. 9. 
  6. ^ Gilbert, Doug (August 8, 1972). "Als sign ex-NFL QB Mira, cut Chasey". Montreal Gazette. p. 29. 
  7. ^ Blackman, Ted (October 24, 1973). "Mira plays for free to prove a point". Montreal Gazette. p. 29. 
  8. ^ Browning, Al (December 6, 1974). "Birmingham stops Florida for first World Bowl title". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. p. 13. 
  9. ^ "Argonauts sign Clint Longley". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 23, 1977. p. 20. 
  10. ^ http://osocarrasfood.blogspot.ca/2012/04/native-conch-fairchild-botanical.html

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