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OIe Miss celebrates Archie Manning’s 68th birthday with trip down memory lane

Archie Manning
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Archie Manning, the patriarch of the SEC’s top quarterback family, received a special happy birthday video from alma mater Ole Miss on Friday.

The Rebels’ official football Twitter account shared a clip of Manning’s first career touchdown pass, which took place during a 21-7 victory during the 1968 season opener.

Manning, who turned 68 Friday, became the SEC Player of the Year, a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 1969. He also finished fourth in the Heisman voting that same season and third in voting the following season.

Manning finished his college career with 4,753 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 40 interceptions, as well as 823 yards and 25 touchdowns on 314 rushing attempts. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Manning’s legacy included 14 NFL seasons, most notably with the New Orleans Saints, where he was named to the Pro Bowl twice in 1978 and 1979. His sons, Peyton (Tennessee) and Eli (Ole Miss), went on to make their own SEC legacies before being selected first overall in the NFL draft and winning multiple Super Bowls.

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