New York Giants won’t be the only one retiring Eli Manning’s No.10 jersey. Ole Miss University, where Manning played college football, announced on Monday that they will also honor the two-time Super Bowl champion this way.
Manning will become only the third Ole Miss Rebels player in the history of the program to have his jersey retired. The previous two are Eli’s father Archie Manning (No. 18) and Chucky Mullins (No. 38).
The ceremony will take place on September 19th at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium during the Rebels’ game against Auburn.
“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,” said Manning in a statement. “It’ll be special to see the number go up there next to my dad and Chucky Mullins.”
Eli Manning spent four seasons at Ole Miss, becoming the program’s starting quarterback during his sophomore year. During his time with Rebels, Manning emerged as one of the best college players while winning a number of accolades including Bart Starr Award and Maxwell Award. He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting during the 2003 season, in which he had 3,600 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.
Manning finished his college career with 10,286 yards and 84 touchdowns, becoming the No.1 overall pick in 2004 NFL Draft. He was the first Ole Miss player to go first overall in school’s history.