Freddie Mitchell, the receiver who caught the infamous 4th and 26 first down conversion from QB Donovan McNabb had his comeuppance today when he pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

Freddie '4th and 26' Mitchell pleads guilty to tax fraud

I guess what goes around, comes around – especially for former Philadelphia Eagles‘ wide receiver Freddie Mitchell. Today, according to a report by Josh Alper of, Mitchell has pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges.

Alper cites the Orlando Sentinel in describing how Mitchell faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his role in the scheme to intentionally file false tax returns for another individual.

Here’s how Alper described things:

Mitchell and two others filed false tax returns on behalf of another athlete, identified only with the initials “A.G.” The plan was devised to receive a larger refund from the IRS and was done without the other athlete’s knowledge. Mitchell’s role was to recruit athletes and the two others filed the returns while also charging for their services as tax preparers.

Here’s what the Orlando Sentinel wrote about Mitchell and his statement to the judge presiding over the case:

“…he knew fraud was being committed and yet he did not stop the illegal activities or report it to law enforcement …”

Packers fans will remember Mitchell for his role in the playoff game completion in Philadelphia that would forever be etched in Packers’ fans memories as the “4th and 26″ play.

The Packers were leading the Eagles 17-14 late in the Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, playoff game. Faced with a fourth and 26 from their own 25 yard line, no timeouts and just 1:12 left on the clock, quarterback Donovan McNabb dropped back and hit Mitchell who had run his route down the middle uncontested and right between the Packers defensive backs, catching the ball at the first down marker.

The Eagles’ David Akers would kick the game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime where Packers quarterback Brett Favre would throw an interception to Brian Dawkins. The Eagles drove the ball down into field goal range where Akers again would convert to win the game, 20-17.

Packers fans will never forget Freddie Mitchell … today, the court system will never forget – or forgive him – either.

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