George Mira

American gridiron football player (born 1942)
American football player
George Mira
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Mira in 1962
No. 10
Personal information
Born: (1942-01-11) January 11, 1942 (age 82)
Key West, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Key West
College:Miami (FL) (1961–1963)
NFL draft:1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
AFL draft:1964 / Round: 18 / Pick: 137
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing attempts:346
Passing completions:148
Completion percentage:42.8%
Passing yards:2,110
Passer rating:57.4
Rushing yards:379
Career CFL statistics
Passing attempts:327
Passing completions:157
Completion percentage:48%
Passing yards:2,291
Player stats at · PFR

George Ignacio Mira (born January 11, 1942) is an American former football quarterback who played in eight National Football League (NFL) seasons for four teams. He then played five seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the World Football League (WFL).

Early years

Born and raised in Key West, Florida, Mira graduated from Key West High School in 1960.[1] He played college football at the University of Miami under head coach Andy Gustafson.

One of the best games in Mira's collegiate career came as a junior in 1962 in the Gotham Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Despite playing in 20 °F (−7 °C) weather in front of fewer than a thousand fans at Yankee Stadium, Mira threw for 321 yards, a Miami school record at the time, and was named the bowl game's most valuable player. Despite Mira's efforts, the Cornhuskers won by two points, 36–34.[2][3] The previous year, the Hurricanes lost by a point to Syracuse in the Liberty Bowl.

Mira (r) in 2018 autographs a copy of the Sports Illustrated feature "One Wonderful Conch is this Mira."

At the start of the 1963 season Mira was the cover story for Sports Illustrated's college preview issue. The article, written by Key West native John Underwood, was titled "One Wonderful Conch is this Mira" and featured many anecdotes about Mira's life growing up and becoming a star on the small island.

Playing career

Mira was selected in the second round of the 1964 NFL draft, fifteenth overall, by the San Francisco 49ers. Primarily a reserve,[4] he played for eight NFL seasons, 1964 through 1971, for the 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts, and Miami Dolphins. He was a backup to John Brodie in San Francisco and to Bob Griese in Super Bowl VI as a member of the 1971 Dolphins.[5] With the 49ers in 1964, he threw a pass to quarterback Billy Kilmer (who was playing running back) that Kilmer eventually fumbled; the fumble would be recovered by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall, who infamously ran 66 yards in the wrong direction.[6]

Mira signed a multi-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in August 1972,[7][8] completing 92 of 168 passes for 1356 yards and 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 1973.

With the Birmingham Americans of the new World Football League (WFL) in 1974, he was MVP of their championship game victory,[9] completing 155 of 313 passes for 2,248 yards and 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during the season. Despite the success on the field, the Birmingham franchise folded in March. In 1975, with the Jacksonville Express of the WFL, he completed 123 of 254 passes for 1,675 yards and 12 touchdowns and interceptions. The league would cease operations late in the 1975 season.

Mira finished his career in 1977, playing six games for the Toronto Argonauts as a player-coach.[10]

After football

Mira returned to Florida and now operates the Native Conch, a food concession at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Coral Gables. [11] For many years he owned a Key West restaurant called George Mira's Pizza Huddle, located across the street from the junior league baseball fields where it became a haven for post-game celebrations.


His son George Mira Jr. was an All-American linebacker at the University of Miami.

See also

  • Biography portal


  1. ^ "Lakeland goes after Key West". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. June 12, 1959. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Nebraska wins Gotham Bowl. 36-34". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 16, 1962. p. 1B.
  3. ^ "Nebraska edges Miami, 36-34". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 16, 1962. p. 1, section 4.
  4. ^ "George Mira cashes in". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. April 10, 1971. p. 10.
  5. ^ "George Mira tried harder; but never rose above no. 2". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. July 25, 1972. p. 9.
  6. ^ "This Day in NFL History: Jim Marshall runs the wrong way". Retrieved 2016-12-19.
  7. ^ Gilbert, Doug (August 8, 1972). "Als sign ex-NFL QB Mira, cut Chasey". Montreal Gazette. p. 29.
  8. ^ Blackman, Ted (October 24, 1973). "Mira plays for free to prove a point". Montreal Gazette. p. 29.
  9. ^ Browning, Al (December 6, 1974). "Birmingham stops Florida for first World Bowl title". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. p. 13.
  10. ^ "Argonauts sign Clint Longley". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 23, 1977. p. 20.
  11. ^ "Blogger".

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from · Pro Football Reference · 
  • WFL players – George Mira
  • CFLapedia – George Mira
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