Archie Manning

NFL Legend

Archie Manning may be best known for his football career and his famous football-playing sons, but he’s also a philanthropist who has been active in charitable organizations for more than a quarter of a century.

After a brilliant career as quarterback at the University of Mississippi, where he remains the only player to ever have his jersey number retired, Mr. Manning was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1971 and set numerous Saints’ passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL MVP in 1978. He eventually played 13 years in the NFL.

Mr. Manning is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi. He has been honored with numerous humanitarian awards over the years, including being selected Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council. Two of his sons, Eli and Peyton, are Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterbacks. He also serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies, including Gatorade and DirecTV.