Archie Manning: The Story and Significance of a Mississippi Icon

During a time when many Americans viewed Mississippi as the nation’s bastion of racism, violence, and poverty, Archie Manning’s rising football career as quarterback for the Ole Miss Rebels’ in the late 1960s and early 1970s provided Mississippi with a symbol of success and pride. Nearly fifty years after “Archie Fever” swept through the state, the lanky, red-headed boy from Drew, Mississippi, remains one of the state’s most renowned figures.

Charles Westmoreland, Jr.