As Eli Manning called it quits after 16 years with the Giants, the franchise immediately retired his No. 10 — an announcement that everyone expected. So it was only right that another announcement came on Monday when Ole Miss did the same thing.
Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter traveled to the Manning home in Oxford, Miss. to deliver the news.
This is a huge honor. Thanks so much to the entire Ole Miss community. https://t.co/lnR2pSS9qi
– Eli Manning (@EliManning) June 22, 2020
“It’s a great honor and obviously loved my time here at Ole Miss and my four and a half years. Still enjoying it 16 years later,” Manning said when Carter gave him the news.
There are only two other numbers retired by Ole Miss, and one just happens to be Manning’s father, Archie. His No. 18 will never be worn again as well as Chucky Mullins’ No. 38 jersey.
Manning played four seasons with the Bulldogs, amassing 10,119 yards, 81 touchdowns, and a 60.8 completion percentage over 43 career games. His stellar play with over 3,400 yards in his final two seasons led to Manning being selected first overall by the San Diego Chargers. But we all know about the infamous trade that sent him to the Giants.
The rest is history, of course, but Ole Miss won’t be forgetting their own with another Manning quarterback that became a legend in Oxford before doing so in New York with two Super Bowl victories.