Ron Mix

Last updated

Ron Mix
Ron Mix 1961.jpg
No. 74, 77
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1938-03-10) March 10, 1938 (age 82)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Hawthorne (CA)
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1960  / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
AFL draft: 1960  / Round: 1
Pick: First Selections
(by the Boston Patriots)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:142
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ronald Jack Mix (born March 10, 1938) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive tackle. [1] He is a member of the American Football League (AFL) All-Time Team, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

Contents

Mix attended the University of Southern California, where he was an All American. Upon graduation, he played right tackle and guard for the AFL's Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (1960–69) and the National Football League (NFL) Oakland Raiders (1971). An eight-time AFL All-Star (1961–68) and a nine-time All-AFL (1960–68) selection, he is also a member of the Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame.

Early and personal life

Mix was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in its Boyle Heights neighborhood, and is Jewish. [2] [3] [4] He attended Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, California. [3]

Mix, who was listed at 6' 5" and 270 pounds, was an early proponent of weightlifting to enhance athletic power. He was years ahead of the curve that soon saw lineman and other football players taking up that practice to become better athletes. His lifts included a military press of 300 pounds, a clean and jerk of 325 pounds, and a bench press of 425 pounds, all of the lifts considered to be exceptionally strong for that era of play.

Mix went to the University of San Diego Law School in the off-season and earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1971. [5] He was nicknamed "The Intellectual Assassin" for his combination of intellectual excellence with his style of physical play. [1] [4]

College career

Mix attended the University of Southern California (USC) on a football scholarship. [4] There in 1959 he was a First Team All American, AP First Team All-Pacific Coast, First Team All Big Five, and won the USC Lineman Award. [4] He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. At USC he minored in English, during his career Mix wrote a number of articles for Sports Illustrated. [5] He was elected the National Jewish College Athlete of the Year. [6]

Professional football career

He was an original Los Angeles Charger in 1960. Although the Baltimore Colts picked him number 1 in 1960, he chose to go to the AFL, where he had also been the number 1 draft pick. [1] [7] [8]

He was a factor in the Chargers' early domination of the AFL's Western Division, and in San Diego helped them win an American Football League Championship in 1963, when they defeated the Boston Patriots 51-10 in the championship game. Mix was called for a mere two holding penalties in ten years. [1] [9]

Mix was the first white player in the 1965 AFL All-Star game in New Orleans to step forward and join his black teammates in a civil rights boycott. The racist environment of New Orleans caused the black players to say they weren't playing in a city that denied them the most basic rights (to eat, to get a cab, etc.). He made it clear that if the black players were not going to play, neither would he. That caused other white players to join the boycott. The game was then moved to Houston. [10]

He was elected to the AFL All-Star team for eight straight years as a Charger, was a nine-time All-AFL selection, is a member of the All-time All-AFL Team, and is one of only 20 men who played the entire 10 years of the AFL. [11] He was the first Charger to have his number retired in 1969 after he announced he was quitting football after playing injured that season. [12] [13] [14] He earned a J.D. degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1970. [15]

He told the Chargers he wanted to play again, but they had found a replacement in Gene Ferguson. After Mix asked to be traded to the New York Jets, San Diego traded him to the Oakland Raiders for two high draft picks in 1970 and 1971. [14] The deal was contingent upon Mix unretiring and agreeing to play for Oakland. [16] He played with the Raiders in 1971. [17] Then-Chargers owner Eugene V. Klein, who hated the Raiders, unretired Mix's number. [18]

He was also the general manager of the WFL Portland Storm in 1974. [5]

Halls of fame

In 1969 Mix was unanimously voted to the All-Time AFL Team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and named to the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1978. [4] [19]

He was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. [11] Mix was also elected a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, [20] inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, and inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California in 2010. [21] [19] [8] [22] He was the second player from the AFL to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Lance Alworth was the first in 1978. [11]

After football

Mix practiced law in San Diego, California with a practice focused on representing retired professional athletes in claims for workers' compensation benefits. Prior to that, he was a civil litigator.

In 2016, the IRS accused Mix of filing a false tax return. Federal prosecutors said that Mix got referrals for clients from a non-lawyer, a former professional basketball player client of his named Kermit Washington and that Mix made contributions to two charitable foundations run by Washington that supported a school and other causes in Africa. Mix took tax deductions for the contributions. Court records alleged that Washington diverted most of money donated to his charities for his own personal use. Mix pled guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. The plea agreement specifically said that Mix believed the charity was legitimate and did not know the funds were being diverted. Nonetheless, claiming the charitable contributions was wrong because Mix got something of value—the referrals. [23] US District Judge Greg Kays imposed a time-served sentence (less than probation). On February 24, 2019, Mix was permanently disbarred. [24] [25]

See also

Related Research Articles

Los Angeles Chargers National Football League franchise in Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The Chargers play their home games at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, which the club shares with the Los Angeles Rams.

Sid Gillman

Sidney Gillman was an American football player, coach and executive. Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, instead of short passes to running backs or wide receivers at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today.

Al Davis

Allen Davis was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) for 39 years, from 1972 until his death in 2011. Prior to becoming the principal owner of the Raiders, he served as the team's head coach from 1963 to 1965 and part owner from 1966 to 1971, assuming both positions while the Raiders were part of the American Football League (AFL). He also served as the commissioner of the AFL in 1966.

Lance Dwight Alworth is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He played for 11 seasons, from 1962 through 1972, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. He was the first player inducted whose playing career was principally in the AFL. Alworth is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Earl Faison was an American football player who played in the American Football League (AFL) between 1960 and 1966.

Marcus Allen American football running back

Marcus LeMarr Allen is an American former football running back and analyst who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Raiders. Considered one of the greatest goal line and short-yard runners in NFL history, he was selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft, 10th overall, following a successful college football career at USC. He was a member of the Raiders for 11 seasons and spent his last five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Willie Brown (American football) American football player

William Ferdie Brown was an American professional football player, coach, and executive. He played as a cornerback for the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). Following his playing career, Brown remained with the Raiders as an assistant coach. He served as the head football coach at California State University, Long Beach in 1991, the final season before the school's football program was terminated. Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1984. At the time of his death he was on the Raiders' administrative staff.

Ron Wolf is the former American football general manager (GM) of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers. Wolf is widely credited with bringing success to a Packers franchise that had rarely won during the two decades prior to Wolf joining the organization. He also played a significant role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1963 to 1975 and again from 1978 to 1990. He joined Green Bay's front office in November 1991 from a personnel director's job with the New York Jets. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2015.

Ernie Wright

Ernest Henry Wright was an American professional football offensive tackle who played for 13 seasons, from 1960 to 1969 in the American Football League (AFL), and from 1970 to 1972 in the National Football League (NFL).

Volney Peters

Volney Monroe Peters was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League and the American Football League.

Louis James Kelcher is an American retired professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL), spending most of his career with the San Diego Chargers. He was a four-time All-Pro and a three-time Pro Bowl selection. His outstanding performance made him one of the team's most popular players from 1975 through 1983. Kelcher was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame, and is a member of the franchise's 40th and 50th Anniversary Teams. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and French High School in Beaumont, Texas.

The 1961 National Football League draft took place at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on December 27–28, 1960. The league would later hold an expansion draft for the Minnesota Vikings expansion franchise, and the Vikings were also awarded the first selection position in this draft. This draft was also the first regular draft for the Dallas Cowboys as they had only participated in the 1960 NFL expansion draft that year. The Cowboys held the worst record in the NFL the previous season, but selected second in this draft because of the entry of the Vikings into the league.

The 1960 National Football League Draft in which NFL teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, was held at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on November 30, 1959. Many players, including half of those drafted in the first round, signed with teams in the newly created American Football League, including the first overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. At the time of the draft, the Cardinals were still the Chicago Cardinals; they moved to St. Louis in March 1960. The Dallas Cowboys were enfranchised in January 1960 after the draft.

The 1962 National Football League draft was held on December 4, 1961 at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

History of the San Diego Chargers Sports team history

The professional American football team now known as the Los Angeles Chargers previously played in San Diego, California as the San Diego Chargers from 1961 to 2017 before relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played their inaugural season. The Chargers franchise relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1961. The Chargers' first home game in San Diego was at Balboa Stadium against the Oakland Raiders on September 17, 1961. Their final game as a San Diego-based club was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at the end of the 2016 season against the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated them 37–27.

Jacque Harold MacKinnon was an American football tight end in the American Football League for the San Diego Chargers. He also was a member of the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League and the Southern California Sun in the World Football League. He played college football at Colgate University.

Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame Wikimedia list article

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team in the National Football League (NFL) based in the Los Angeles Area. The club began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and spent its first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961. They returned to Los Angeles in 2017. The Chargers created their Hall of Fame in 1976. Eligible candidates for the Hall of Fame must have been retired for at least four seasons. Selections are made by a five-member committee chaired by Dean Spanos, Chargers vice-chairman. As of 1992, other committee members included Bob Breitbard, founder of the San Diego Hall of Champions; Ron Fowler, president of the Greater San Diego Sports Association; Jane Rappoport, president of the Charger Backers; and Bill Johnston, the team's director of public relations.

Los Angeles Chargers retired numbers Wikimedia list article

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team in the National Football League (NFL) based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The club began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and spent its first season in Los Angeles before moving to San Diego in 1961. They returned to Los Angeles in 2017. NFL teams assign each of their players a jersey number ranging from 1 through 99. The Chargers no longer issue four retired numbers. As of 2010, the team's policy was to have the Chargers Hall of Fame committee evaluate candidates for a player's number to retire after the player has retired from the league after five years. The committee consisted of Chargers Executive Vice President A. G. Spanos, Chargers public relations director Bill Johnston, San Diego Hall of Champions founder Bob Breitbard, and the presidents of the San Diego Sports Commission and the Chargers Backers Fan Club. There are few recognized guidelines in sports regarding retiring numbers, and the NFL has no specific league policy. "You have to have enough numbers for players to wear," said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. The Chargers have rarely retired numbers. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote, "The [Chargers] tend to honor their heritage haphazardly."

The Chargers–Raiders rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders. Since the American Football League (AFL) was established in 1960, the Chargers and the Raiders have shared the same division, first being the AFL Western Conference, and since the AFL–NFL merger, the AFC West.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Hall of Famers profile". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  2. How Three Jews Behind the AFL Invented the Modern Media Spectacle That is Pro Football Today – Tablet Magazine
  3. 1 2 Ron Mix Stats | Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Jewish Sports Stars (2nd Revised Edition): Athletic Heroes Past and Present – David J. Goldman – Google Books
  5. 1 2 3 The Long Trial of Ron Mix | San Diego Reader
  6. Happy Hanukkah: The Greatest Jewish Sports Stars of All Time | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
  7. "San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum " Ron Mix". Sdhoc.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  8. 1 2 Siegman, Joseph (200). Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. ISBN   9781574882841 . Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  9. Goldman, David J. (2006). Jewish Sports Stars: Athletic Heroes Past and Present. ISBN   9781580131834 . Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  10. "NBA All-Star Game's Change Of Venue Reminds Our Commentator Of 1965".
  11. 1 2 3 Oakland Raiders | Raiders in the Hall of Fame – Ron Mix
  12. Sullivan, Tim (March 4, 2010). "Retiring a number can be tricky math problem". The San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012.
  13. "Politics Lure Charger's Mix". Schenectady Gazette. December 3, 1969. p. 37. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  14. 1 2 Wallace, William N. (June 4, 1970). "Chargers Trade Mix To Raiders" (PDF). The New York Times. p. 56. Retrieved May 14, 2012.(subscription required)
  15. Wolf, Bob (July 11, 1990). "REMEMBER WHEN : At Offensive Tackle, Mix Was Master". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 19, 2015.
  16. "New Turf Rattles Pitchers". The Vancouver Sun. June 10, 1970. p. 28. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  17. Sullivan, George (2000). Any Number Can Play:The Numbers Athletes Wear. Milbrook Press. p. 58. ISBN   0-7613-1557-8 . Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  18. Canepa, Nick (May 13, 2012). "Chargers have several more numbers they should retire". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013.
  19. 1 2 Ron Mix – Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Northern California
  20. Ron Mix Archived April 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  21. San Diego Union Tribune, May 23, 2016.
  22. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Licensee/Detail/49663
  23. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/courtDocs/16-C-13639-3.pdf