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Mitchell death a great loss

Posted Saturday, October 20, 2007, at 10:29 PM

I lost a friend, a buddy and a fantastic athlete when Jim (Pork Chop) Mitchell died of an apparent heart attack this morning.

Jim was found near the front door of his home on Morton Street by a friend who had gone by to check on him. He was rushed to Bedford County Medical Center.

Mitchell, who had lost his eyesight due to diabetes, was a graduate of Harris High School and Prairie View A&M. He starred in football at both schools and was drafted in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons in 1969.

He played and started at tight end for 11 seasons. Mitchell, who was regarded as the best blocking tight end in pro football, also held some of Falcons receiving records for several years.

Funeral services will be announced when his two sons arrive here.

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jim was a great man and friend.i loved talking to him about football and relating to kids he was very special and if he hadnot lot his eye sight would have made a great coach.i will pray for his family.

-- Posted by breal on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 6:42 PM

I only met him one time. He came to the Shelbyville locker room on day late in his career when we were getting ready for practice. His shoulders were so wide he blocked the sun coming through the door of the old fieldhouse. But as intimidating as he looked, he was very approachable and talked to players like he had known us our whole lives.

Pork Chop was a football player in every positive sense. Tough, hard working, professional. Young players need to have more people like him as examples of how the game should be played.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 10:05 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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