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Former Colts tight end Tom Mitchell dies at age 72

Former Colts tight end Tom Mitchell dies at age 72

Tom Mitchell, a rugged tight end who helped the Colts win Super Bowl V in the 1970 season, died of cancer Sunday night at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. He was 72.

"Tom was a tremendous route-runner with fly-trap hands who wanted to win and who took no prisoners," said Bruce Laird, a Colts defensive back who played with Mitchell for two years.

Combative and fiercely competitive, Mitchell played six years in Baltimore (1968 through 1973), during which he made 133 receptions for 1,786 yards and 19 touchdowns. A backup to Hall of Famer John Mackey early on, Mitchell blossomed in 1971, and the next year caught a career-high 40...

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