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Since Ole Miss football kicked off in 1890, the University's football legacy has earned a championship legacy in both collegiate and professional circles.
Ole Miss Football Facts and History
- The first season of Ole Miss football was 1890 when Dr. A.L. Bondurant washing of Southwest Baptist University.
- Since the inception of the program, Ole Miss has failed to field a football team. A severe outbreak of Yellow Fever cancelled the school's 1897 season. The 1943 season was grounded due to World War II.
- The University of Mississippi's school colors are cardinal red and navy blue. The colors were selected to mirror the colors fashioned by Harvard and Yale.
- The school's fight song is "Forward rebels"
- The favorite cheer for Ole Miss fans is Hotty Toddy which starts off with a resounding "Are you ready?"
- Ole Miss claims three football national championships. All three came under the direction of legendary Head Coach Johnny Vaught. The national title seasons include 1959, 1960 and 1962.
- Did you know? Ole Miss became the first college football team to fly to a game. The historical moment took place when the team flew from Memphis to Philadelphia in 1937. The 1948 Ole Miss vs. Memphis game was also the first college game to be aired on TV.
- Eli Manning holds the distinction of being the first University of
Mississippi alum to be the first player selected in the NFL Draft (2004) and is also the first Reb to earn Super Bowl MVP honors (SB 42) for his performance against the New England Patriots.
|Retired Ole Miss Rebels Footall Jersey Numbers|
|18||Archie Manning - The elder Manning had a sensational career at Ole Miss while throwing for 4,753 yards and 56 TD's during his three seasons (1968-70). Archie also rushed for 823 yards. Manning was All-SEC in 1969 and 1970 and he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting after his junior year and third after his senior season. Manning was the second overall selection in the 1971 NFL Draft and played most of his pro career with the New Orleans Saints.|
|38||Chucky Mullins - This Rebel hero was paralyzed in an October 28, 1989 game against Vanderbilt. Despite the horrific injury, Mullins returned to school to pursue his degree the following year. However complications from his injury caused Mullins to die in 1991. Each season, the Ole Miss winner of the "Chucky Mullins Memorial Courage Award" wears a patch in his honor.|