Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Lydell Mitchell

Lydell Mitchell


  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Penn State
  • High School: Salem, NJ (Salem HS)
  • Years: 1969-1971
  • Inducted: 2004
  • Place of Birth: Salem,. NJ
  • Date of Birth: May 30, 1949
  • Jersey Number: 23
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 204

Member Biography

One of the finest in a long line of Hall of Fame caliber Penn State running backs, Lydell Mitchell effortlessly broke numerous NCAA and school records while establishing himself as arguably PSU's greatest back by career's end. A First Team All-America selection, Mitchell finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1971. Compiling one of the greatest single-season performances in NCAA history by a running back, he set NCAA records with 29 total touchdowns and 174 points, while shattering the school record with 1,567 rushing yards in 1971. Leading PSU to a undefeated season in 1969, Mitchell vaulted the team to a Cotton Bowl victory to cap 1971 and was named Outstanding Offensive Player in the win. Upon graduation, he had amassed 2,934 career rushing yards and 38 touchdowns � both school records. Drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1972, Mitchell went on to play in the NFL for 10 seasons with three teams. After retiring from the NFL, Mitchell embarked on a successful business career that currently has him as president of the Parks Sausage Company in Baltimore, Maryland. Dedicated to educating youth, he regularly lectures students on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.