Washington’s NFL team on Saturday announced that it is retiring jersey number 49, which was worn by Bobby Mitchell, the team’s first Black player.
The football team also said a part of its stadium originally named for the team’s racist founder would be renamed in honor of Mitchell.
“There is no one more deserving of these honors than the late Bobby Mitchell,” Washington football team owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.
Mitchell played for the Washington football team for seven seasons.
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The Washington football team has retired the late Bobby Mitchell's jersey number.