Former Philadelphia Eagle Freddie Mitchell was recently sentenced to 37 months in prison. Mitchell, nicknamed “FredEx,” was part of a tax fraud scheme, and pleaded guilty to conning millions of dollars from the government. The 34-year-old retired wide receiver was a first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001. You would think that the Eagles first pick and the 25th overall pick would have an amazing football career right? Wrong.
Yes, he had a couple of good plays throughout his very short career, like when he caught a 28-yard pass from Donovan McNabb while facing a 4th-and-26, but largely Mitchell was one of the biggest duds the Eagles have ever drafted. He only spent four seasons in the NFL, and regardless of his few notable plays, he is most remembered for his outlandish interviews.
All that Mitchell seemed to do was talk. He would openly criticize other players, teams and coaches. Mitchell’s ego was larger than life, and he proved to be his own biggest fan. After catching a touchdown pass that led to an Eagles playoff win against the Minnesota Vikings, Mitchell claimed, “I’m a special player and I just want to thank my hands for being so great.” You want to thank your hands? Really? Way to stay humble.
In his recent trial, Mitchell should have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, but lucky for him, he got a deal. His attorney’s argued that he should receive a lesser sentence because he needs to treat concussions and other injuries that he suffered during his time in the NFL. That sentence is completely bogus. I wasn’t aware that a few concussions excused fraud. Especially considering his career was only four years long, and whatever injuries that he endured are minimal compared to most NFL athletes.
Freddie Mitchell’s sentence will begin on Dec. 6, 2013. Needless to say, FredEx’s football career went downhill fast, and it seems that his life outside of the NFL is quickly doing the same.