The Matador

George Mira 1974

George Mira did not come to Birmingham as an unknown player. “The Matador” had faced the  Alabama Crimson Tide in the early 1960’s and many were familiar with him and his exploits. Mira played for the University of Miami Hurricanes and went on to play in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Miami Dolphins. He also played in the Canadian Football League. In 1974 he signed to play with the Americans and became the starter, leading Birmingham in passing statistics while establishing himself as one of the marquis players in the WFL. Mira set the record for the longest touchdown pass from scrimmage, a 95-yard bomb to Alfred Jenkins against Hawaii. Mira also distinguished himself by winning the MVP award in Birmingham’s 22-21 victory over Florida in the World Bowl.

George attended that 30th Anniversary Reunion in 2004, where he was one of the most popular among those in attendance.

In 1975 Mira finished his career with the WFL’s Jacksonville Express.

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