James Robert Mitchell
James Robert “Jim” Mitchell was born October 19, 1947 in Shelbyville, Tn, he was a professional American Football player. At 6’2″ 234lbs. tight end from Prairie View A&M University, Mitchell played 11 seasons from 1969 – 1979 for the Atlanta Flacons and was excepted to the Pro Bowl after the 1969 and 1972 seasons. After leaving the NFL, Jim Mitchell coached football at Morehouse College and Morris Brown.
Jim Mitchell has three sons and a daughter; Damion Mitchell, Brandon Hodges, a football player at the Bethune-Cookman University ho has a major in Pre-med Chemistry, Davin Michell, a Duke University trained anesthesiologist and Chance Lee, a N.C Central graduate with a masters n Business. And two grandchildren: Justin Mitchell who is a scholar at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, GA and Jordan Mitchell.
In 2012 Jim Mitchell was celebrating his 60th birthday. The morning after a friend discovered his unconscious body on the porch of his Shelbyville home. Jim “Pork Chop” Mitchell was rushed to Bedford County Hospital, where he was shortly pronounced dead. The end game had been, in many ways, a losing one for Jim Mitchell. He had lost his eyesight due to complications with diabetes. He had lost the impressive physical conditioning and muscle mass that once made him one of the NFL’s most formidable tight ends. Less than a year before his death, he had mourned the losses sustained to the remaining buildings of Bedford County Training School, most of which were destroyed in a devastating fire.
His larger story was full of victories, including the known (a storied career with the Atlanta Falcons) and the unknown (his participation in the proud legacy of Harris High School, previously known as BCTS).