Mitchell, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Fla., on Friday to one count of conspiracy to file a false claim. The former 2001 first-round pick also faces a maximum fine of $250,000. The charge stems from Mitchell's involvement in a tax-fraud scheme involving another professional athlete.
Mitchell and two others filed a return on behalf of the athlete that contained false information. The former UCLA All-American allegedly told the athlete that he could help him receive a larger tax refund from the IRS. Federal prosecutors did not disclose the athlete's name, only referring to him as “A.G.”
Mitchell may be known best for his antics during the Eagles' Super Bowl XXXIX run in the 2004 season. After finishing with a team-high 65 receiving yards in an NFC divisional playoff win over the Vikings, Mitchell famously “thanked his hands for being so great,” in a postgame interview. Mitchell also showed up at a press conference wearing mitts to protect his hands.
A year earlier, Mitchell kept the Eagles' season alive with a catch across the middle in traffic on a fourth-and-26 against the Packers in the divisional round. Mitchell bestowed a slew of nicknames for himself during his four-year career, including The Sultan of the Slot and FredEx. The former Biletnikoff Award finalist came up with the latter to assert that he “always delivers.”
Mitchell had one catch for 11 yards in the Super Bowl XXXIX loss to the Patriots and was released by the Eagles months later. The Chiefs signed Mitchell before training camp, but released him when he declined to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee.
Mitchell finished his career with 90 receptions for 1,263 yards and five touchdowns in 63 career regular season games.
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