Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth, Art Donovan, Bill Flynn, Gene Goodreault, MIke Holovak, Luke Kuechly, Lou Montgomery, Charles O’Rourke, Matt Ryan, Tony Thurman, Louis Urban, and now Pete Mitchell. On November 9th against Florida State, Pete Mitchell will see his jersey retired, joining the likes of these 12 other Eagles.
Mitchell was a two-time First Team All-American his final two seasons on the Heights and is one of only 12 Eagles to earn consensus All-American honors with the school ever. He currently ranks second in BC history with 190 receptions, and 20 receiving touchdowns, and is third overall in career receiving yards with 2,388. He is without a doubt the best statistical tight end in school history.
The tight end played a pivotal role in BC’s historic, first-ever win against #1 Notre Dame in 1993, catching three of the four passes with a minute to play on the final drive to help set up David Gordon’s game-winning field goal. This season saw Mitchell awarded Eagle of the Year.
Mitchell also played tight end in the NFL for eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, but quickly traded to the Jaguars and his old coach, Tom Coughlin.
This year’s ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame also includes Mitchell. 10 Eagles are already in the Hall of Fame, and Mitchell will hope to join them.