MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Archie Manning has received the Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award, an honor the organization considers its most prestigious recognition.
Manning received the award Sunday while serving as guest of honor at the kickoff event of the Liberty Bowl Golf Classic, which benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Manning, a College Football Hall of Famer, is the first former Liberty Bowl player to receive the award. Manning threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi to a 34-17 victory over Virginia Tech in the 1968 Liberty Bowl.
Manning has received numerous awards for community service both during his playing career and since his retirement.