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May 19th: Birthday of UM Football Legend Archie Manning

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Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:45pm


Jennifer Ford

Born May 19, 1949, Drew, Mississippi native Archie Manning dominated the field as the starting quarterback for the University of Mississippi's football team from 1969-1971. Manning, considered to be one of the University's finest players, ended his career with 5,562 yards of total offense which included a school record of 56 touchdowns. Manning earned All-America and All-SEC honors in both 1969 and 1970, as well as being named the Mississippi Sportsman of the Year (1969). A two-time favorite for the Heisman Trophy, Manning was fourth in the 1969 voting and third in 1970. He has received numerous other honors, such as his induction to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. His No.18 UM jersey was retired from use by the team and the 18 mile-an-hour campus speed limit is set in his honor.

The famous "Archie Who?" slogan can be traced in part to the Ole Miss-Tennessee game of November 15, 1969. At the time the Volunteers were ranked number three in the nation and were unconcerned about the young quarterback from Mississippi. Their fans made buttons with the slogan "Archie Who?" Ole Miss fans fired back with their own slogans and Manning led the team in an historic upset. "Archie Fever" began in earnest and was perhaps best epitomized in Lamont Wilson's song, "The Ballad of Archie Who?" (1970)

In 1971 Manning was the second player to be chosen in the NFL draft and went on to play professionally for fifteen years with such teams as the New Orleans Saints, the Houston Oilers, and the Minnesota Vikings. He retired from football in 1985 and has worked as an analyst and commentator for CBS. Two of Manning's sons, Eli and Peyton, have also had award winning careers in the NFL. The Manning family have been involved in numerous philanthropic efforts through the years, especially in regards to health care in Mississippi.

Featured below are images from various Archie Manning football trading cards, as well as a scan of the cover of the original program from the 1969 Tennessee game. All of these items are held in the collections of the Department of Archives & Special Collections in the University of Mississippi Libraries

1969 UM- TN football program Archie Manning trading card