In the NFL, Eli Manning was a two-time winner of the Vince Lombardi trophy with the New York Giants, but before turning professional he spent four years with the Ole Miss University team and today he was awarded by the educational institution.
At halftime of the game against LSU, The University retired the number 10 in honor of the youngest of the Manning brothers for his feats achieved during his stay at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
In four years with the Rebels, Manning tied or set college records. In total he played 543 games with Ole Miss and accumulated 10,119 yards, completed 829 passes of 1,363 attempts and had 81 touchdowns and 35 interceptions.
In 2003, his final year with the Rebels, he won the Maxwell Awards, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, and the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Retired Third Rebel
Only three Ole Miss players have the privilege of having their number retired. The numbers 18, by Archie Manning, father of Eli, and Chucky Mullins 38, a defensive back who was left paraplegic after a poor tackle in a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in 1989, are the only numbers removed by the school.