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Redskins retire Mitchell's jersey, rename stadium level

Bobby Mitchell
Posted at 11:26 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 23:26:32-04

The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell.

The team will also rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing the section named for former owner George Preston Marshall.

The team is under pressure to change its name during the ongoing national reckoning over racism.

It said Saturday that the No. 49 will become only the second jersey in the franchise’s 88-year history to be retired.

The other jersey number is the 33 worn by Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh. Mitchell, Washington’s first African American player, died in April.

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