Archie Manning last played in a football game in 1984. And he’s still winning awards.
The National Football Foundation announced Tuesday that Manning will be the 2016 NFF Gold Medal recipient for his reputation and leadership at the NFF’s awards dinner on Dec. 6.
“Archie Manning became an icon as one of the greatest players to ever set foot on the gridiron, and he subsequently used his standing to become one of the game’s greatest ambassadors,” NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said. “The entire football community has been blessed by his enormous contributions, and we take great pride in having him as our chairman. He has earned this honor many times over, and we are extremely proud to add his name to the esteemed list of past NFF Gold Medal recipients.”
Manning played collegiately for Ole Miss and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. Manning spent 12 seasons in the NFL, playing for the three teams, most notably the Saints where he was a pro bowler. Two of his sons, Peyton and Eli Manning, have both won multiple Super Bowls.
Past winners of the award include Jackie Robinson, seven U.S. Presidents and a Supreme Court Justice.