Liberty Bowl gives award to Archie Manning

Archie Manning laughs before the start of an interview about Manning being awarded the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award from the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, while in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday, June 19, 2016. Manning was a quarterback at Mississippi, in the College Football Hall of Fame and was an NFL quarterback. (Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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.

Related: #DearPeyton campaign honors Manning’s career

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