How many Rebels have and/or still play in the NFL? Hundreds? More?
I’m not sure (around 500 maybe?) but here’s a nice Hall (wall) of Fame shot and video taken at the UM Indoor Practice Facility after head coach Hugh Freeze’s press conference on Wednesday, February 3.
Shortly after Freeze addressed the media yesterday afternoon concerning the Rebels’ amazing National Signing Day ranking (No. 4 nationally according to ESPN), press members were herded (perhaps intentionally) through the Olivia and Archie Manning Center Indoor Practice Facility’s NFL Hall of Fame and It. Is. Outstanding.
Impressive to say the least, the hallway features full-size and fully uniformed manikins with official NFL team uniforms (helmets and visors included). Each manikin stands on a pedestal with the former drafted Rebel standouts listed on a glass partition below.
Humbling and pride-inducing, the exhibit is a must see for those that can find (or fabricate) an “official” reason to visit the facility.
And, be sure to walk to the end of the exhibit and see a giant mural of Ole Miss’ favorite son’s… son, Eli Manning hoisting the Cotton Bowl trophy in 2004 where the Rebs beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys 31-28.
Manning completed 21 of 33 pass attempts that day, threw for two touchdowns and ran for an additional touchdown to lead the Rebels to a Cotton Bowl Classic win in a game that was not decided until the final minutes (just in case you forgot).
Yesterday was a great day in Rebel Nation, with the promise of even greater and brighter days ahead.
Hotty Toddy and WELL DONE Coach Freeze and staff!
Jeff McVay is a staff writer and graphic designer for Hottytoddy.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.