The Saw It All: Ron Mix

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RON MIX (born March 10, 1938) 6-4 250 offensive tackle/guard
Ron Mix was the outstanding offensive linemen of the AFL. He was all-league the first 9 years of the league’s existence, playing both tackle and guard for the perennially successful San Diego Chargers. He blocked for Paul Lowe and Keith Lincoln and for Tobin Rote and John Hadl so they could throw to Lance Alworth. Alworth was the AFL’s first Pro Football Hall of Famer in 1978. Ron Mix was the second. Ron had been the #1 draft choice of the Baltimore Colts as an all-American out of USC. But he was also the Charger’s #1 draft choice and he decided to remain on the west coast. He was one of the first football players to go in heavily for weight-lifting and had some impressive lift totals for that era: He could bench press 425 and clean and jerk 325. There were larger linemen but none stronger.

The idea that linemen were more intellectually challenged than quarterbacks was destroyed by Ron Mix: he majored in English at USC and wrote magazine article during his career while also studying law. He became a lawyer and specialized in worker’s compensation cases involving athletes. His nickname was “The Intellectual Assassin”. Mix also deserves credit for bringing the white players in the 1965 AFL All-Star Game in on the boycott of the game because of racial discrimination they experienced in New Orleans.



 
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