George Mira – Local Legend & Hero

George Mira (born Jan. 11, 1942 in Key West) is a former professional football player. A quarterback drafted in the 2nd round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers from the Univ. of Miami. Mira played in eight NFL seasons from 1964-1971 for four different teams (49ers, Eagles, Colts, & Dolphins) plus an additional 6-yrs in the Canadian & World Football League with Montreal, Birmingham, Jacksonville, & Toronto. He was a backup quarterback in Super Bowl VI with the Miami Dolphins. With the 1974 Birmingham Americans (WFL) he played in their version of the Super Bowl and was voted MVP.

Mira’s best game of his collegiate career came in the 1962 Gotham Bowl against Nebraska. Despite playing in 20-degree weather in front of less than a 1,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Mira threw for 321 yards—at the time, a Miami school record—and was named the bowl game’s MVP despite losing to the Cornhuskers, 36-34. His son George Mira, Jr. was an All-American linebacker at the University of Miami.

 It’s funny, I can remember as a child eating at George Mira’s Pizza Huddle for some good hometown pepperoni pizza! He’s still in the food industry supplying restaurants with some of the best & freshest conch fritters! My parents have long known the Mira’s and my aunt & uncle still speak to him as a friend not as someone who’s played in America’s biggest sporting event, NFL Super Bowl.

You can find his namesake football stadium in the heart of New Town at the corners of Flagler Avenue & Kennedy Street in Key West.

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2 responses to “George Mira – Local Legend & Hero

  1. Dan Poe

    I saw George Mira’s name on a menu for his famous conch fritters, so I had to Google his name to see what he was up to these days. I too remember going the the Pizza Huddle after the high school football games. It was always crowded after the and you had to wait a bit to get your pizza, but it was well worth the wait! I only lived in Key West from ’69 to ’72 (in fact I am visiting here right now!) but I know some of my best memories were formed here in the Conch Republic. Ah! The memories…;-]

    • The new generation hardly knows who George Mira is (if at all), there’s a football field still named after him, the conch fritters and that’s aboout it. I’m glad we had good memories of the olden days of the Pizza Huddle, his time in the NFL and being proud he was from Key West. Thanks for reading our blogs and commenting.
      Mr. 365 Days

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