Mitchell Kent Hoopes, 67
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Mitchell Kent Hoopes, born July 8, 1953 in Bisbee, Arizona, was a former American football punter in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at the University of Arizona. As an 11, 12 and 13 year old Mitch won 1st place in Arizona’s Ford sponsored Punt, Pass & Kick competition. Hoopes attended Benson High School, where he was a three sport star. He received All-Conference, All-State and All-Star honors in football. As a member of Benson’s high school basketball team they won the state championship in 1971. Only one in Benson’s High School history. Mitch was selected to play in the football and basketball all star games. Following high school he had a scholarship to play football at the University of Arizona as a defensive back and punter. As a junior in 1973, he ended up concentrating on punting and was among college football’s leaders with a 43.9 average, second in school history at the time. As a senior in 1974, he averaged 41.8 yards, with a long of 59. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys after college in the 1975 draft. He went to Super Bowl X his first year with Dallas. Following football most of his time was spent in the mortgage business. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kent and Dean Hoopes, sister, Leigh Hoopes Braithwaite and brother, Scott Hoopes. His sister Rita Hoopes Matthews lives in Southern California with husband Gordon Matthews. He is survived by 12 nieces and nephews. Mitch passed away peacefully on August 11, 2020 in Vista, California. Services are still pending.