OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss will honor one of her soccer icons this weekend, as she pulls Eli Manning’s No.10 shirt number off and celebrates her rebellious legacy.
Manning will only be the third player in Ole Miss history to retire his number, joining his father Archie Manning (18) and Chucky Mullins (38). Saturday’s game against LSU is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT, and a limited number of tickets remain available at www.olemisstix.com.
The festivities begin Thursday with Manning’s induction into the M-Club Hall of Fame. Registrations are closed for the ceremony.
On Saturday, Manning will lead the team through The Grove for the Walk of Champions at around 12:15 p.m.
Manning’s shirt number withdrawal ceremony will take place at half-time of the match. The university’s marching band, The Pride of South, will be part of the presentation, including family and other dignitaries, as the number is unveiled on the south facade of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
As part of the festivities, MANNING will be painted in the end areas of Hollingsworth Field.
In addition, a special series of merchandise was released around the celebration. The Eli Manning collection includes t-shirts, pennants and other items available from Ole Miss Authentics at shop.olemisssports.com and in the store located at 1801 Jackson Avenue West in Oxford. The collection is highlighted by replica Manning jerseys which will be on sale on match day at Ole Miss Authentics locations in and around the stadium and Grove.
Manning, who won a four-year letter to the Rebels from 2000 to 2003, won the 2003 Maxwell Award, an honor bestowed on the best all-rounder in college football. The New Orleans, Louisiana native set or tied 47 Ole Miss records in one game, season and career while at Oxford.
Manning became the top pick in program history when he was selected No. 1 in the 2004 NFL Draft. His father, Archie Manning, was No. 2 overall for the New Orleans Saints. in 1971 after a historic career with the Rebels from 1968 to 1970.
Eli, who finished third in the 2003 Heisman Trophy poll after his senior season, ended his illustrious Ole Miss career with an academic record of 10,119 career passing yards and 81 career touchdown passes. He also set new Ole Miss career records for successes (829) and attempts at success (1,363), and both ratings placed fourth on the SEC career lists.
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