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Washington to honor Bobby Mitchell with No. 49 patch on jerseys

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The Washington Football Team will debut its new uniforms on Sunday, a design that reflects the franchise's temporary rebrand, for the team's 2020 season opener versus Philadelphia.

Each Washington jersey will also have a special No. 49 patch on them to honor the late Bobby Mitchell, a franchise icon who died earlier this year at 84.

On Friday, the team's official Twitter account posted pictures of four game-ready jerseys with the patch sewn on.

Take a look:

Mitchell was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the eighth round of the 1958 draft before he was traded to Washington in 1962. He was the first Black player to play for the Washington franchise, which was the last team in the NFL to integrate.

On the field, Mitchell was a star. He earned four Pro Bowl nods, and by the time his 11-year playing career ended, Mitchell was third in NFL history with 14,078 total yards.

After his career ended, Mitchell immediately joined Washington's front office, eventually rising to the team's assistant general manager position. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.