Ole Miss announced Monday that it will retire former quarterback Eli Manning's No. 10 during a ceremony on Sept. 19 vs. Auburn. Manning's father, Archie Manning, and former defensive back Chucky Mullins are the only other players to have their jersey numbers retired by Ole Miss.
"I owe so much credit to the coaches and all the wonderful teammates that I had here during my time in Oxford that put in all the hard work right alongside of me," Manning said. "It'll be special to see the number go up there next to my dad and Chucky Mullins."
Manning was a star during his four seasons with the Rebels (2000-03). During his senior year in 2003, he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, won the Maxwell Award given to the best all-around player in the country and was the SEC Player of the Year. He holds school records for career passing yards (10,119), touchdown passes (81), completions (829) and passing attempts (1,363).
"We couldn't be prouder or more excited to officially add Eli's No. 10 to its rightful place among the retired jersey numbers in our football history," said athletic director Keith Carter. "Like Chucky and Archie, Eli left an indelible impact on our program and the game of football as a whole. His dedication, humility and kindness over the course of his career epitomizes what it means to be a Rebel, and we look forward to celebrating him as a player and a person."
Eli Manning became the first player in program history to be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft when he was picked by the San Diego Chargers. He was then traded to the New York Giants on the day of the draft for Philip Rivers. He won two Super Bowls, walking away with the Super Bowl MVP award after both, and went to the Pro Bowl four times during his 16 seasons with the Giants.
"On behalf of our entire family, we're all very excited about this," Archie Manning said. "We can go way back and remember how excited we all were when Eli decided to come to Ole Miss. Those were five wonderful years for us. We're very proud of Eli's career in Oxford and very indebted to Keith and the athletic department and everyone else responsible for retiring No. 10. It's really special."
Details of the ceremony honoring Eli Manning during the Auburn game are not available at this time.