Daily Staff Report
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has announced that former NFL players Roger Brown and Brian Mitchell will be attending this year's festival.
Brown, who was born in Surry County, played with the Detroit Lions for six years in the 1960s and four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. Brown, a defensive lineman, was part of the "Fearsome Foursome" with the Rams. Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen and Lamar Lundy were the other members of the foursome.
He retired in 1970 and was named All-Pro nine times. Brown was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and played for Maryland State (now the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore). Brown's appearance is sponsored by the Virginia Athletic Hall Of Fame. He will appear at the BB&T Men's Commonwealth Luncheon, the coronation, the Sports Breakfast, both parades and other festival events.
Mitchell played for the Washington Redskins from 1990 to 1999. He helped lead the Redskins to an NFL championship in 1991-92. He led the NFL with 600 punt return yards and two punt-return touchdowns during that season. Mitchell led the NFL in punt return average and touchdowns in 1994. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1995.
Mitchell signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000 and played with them until 2002. In 2002, Mitchell was one of only two players to be ranked in the top seven in both kickoff and punt returns. He signed with the New York Giants for the 2003 season, but was released before the 2004 season. Mitchell then signed a one-day contract with the Redskins so that he could retire as a Redskin. Mitchell holds the record for career kick returns for touchdowns (13). He is also second all-time in total yards with 23,330.
Mitchell's appearance is sponsored by the BHS Basketball League. He will be appearing only at the Friday midday events: the Wal-mart Bloomers' Luncheon, the Miller Lite Stag Luncheon and the BB&T Men's Commonwealth Luncheon.