Archie Manning at the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl, which Ole Miss won over Oklahoma State, 48-20. (photo by Joshua McCoy)
March 4, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - College Football Hall of Famer and AutoZone Liberty Bowl alumnus Archie Manning will be the guest of honor at the kickoff event of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As part of the evening’s festivities, Manning will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Citizen Award.
Manning is the first Distinguished Citizen Award honoree who has played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He led Ole Miss in the 1968 game against Virginia Tech. Manning threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels' 34-17 win.
The dinner will be held Sunday, June 19 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 pm. A live auction and silent auction will also be held during the evening, with 100% of all proceeds going to St. Jude. The Golf Classic will be held Monday, June 20 at Ridgeway Country Club. The dinner/golf classic brochure is attached to this message.
“Archie joins a long list of great Americans who have distinguished themselves and reached the pinnacle of their chosen field,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “We are proud to include Archie among the luminaries who have been honored by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl during our long history.”
About Archie Manning:
All-American QB at Ole Miss
Number 18 retired by Ole Miss
Member of College Football Hall of Fame
Chairman of the National Football Foundation
Member of first CFP selection committee
- The Manning Award is presented each year to the nation’s best college quarterback
- Has represented college football as a player, network tv analyst and as a leader on numerous national boards and committees
- He was voted Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and was named Mississippi’s Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana and he and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players.
- In 1971, Archie was the second player chosen in the NFL draft – the number one draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFC Most Valuable Player in 1978.
- While in pro football, he received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans.
- In 2005 Archie received the Legends Award from the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Aspire Award from the Cal Ripken Foundation. Archie was honored by the United States Sports Academy with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. Also, he received the Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award. Archie received the Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club, he was the 51st winner of the Bert Bell Award, and was honored at the Super Bowl in New Orleans with the Pat Summerall Award.
- His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee and the New Orleans Sports Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of the National Football Foundation.
- In 2013, Archie and his family were featured in a highly rated documentary on ESPN entitled “The Book of Manning”.
- Archie and his wife, Olivia, reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. They have eight grandchildren.
About the Distinguished Citizen Award:
As the 7th oldest bowl game in America, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded on the principles of freedom, patriotism and liberty. One of the Bowl’s time-honored traditions is the annual presentation of the Distinguished Citizen Award. The award has been presented to a cross section of prominent Americans from a wide range of professions, including military commanders, governors and congressmen, as well as leaders in business, medicine, education, entertainment and sports.
Previous honorees include among others FedEx Chairman, President and CEO Fred Smith; AutoZone founder Pitt Hyde; Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Peter Doherty; and entertainers Danny Thomas and Elvis Presley. Manning joins other Distinguished Citizen Award recipients from the world of sports, including Paul “Bear” Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Darrell Waltrip and Dick Vitale.
Individual seats for the dinner may be purchased for $75 or a table of ten (10) seats may be purchased for $750. The dinner includes buffet dinner, cocktails and wine. To reserve a table or individual seat, please call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700.