9. Archie Manning, Ole Miss
The patriarch of the Manning clan is undoubtedly the most prestigious player in Ole Miss history. Oddly enough, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns during his college career, although that’s more of a reflection on the players around him being unable to play at his level. During his final two seasons at Ole Miss, he led the Rebels to a 15-7 record, elevating their level of play, much like Eli did years later. The older Manning also had two top-5 Heisman finishes and took home SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American honors in 1969.
Manning was then selected second overall by the Saints in the 1971 NFL Draft. He spent 12 of his 16 NFL seasons with the Saints, ultimately being inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Despite passing for over 23,000 yards in the NFL and being a far better runner than his sons, the elder Manning finished his pro career with 125 passing touchdowns to 173 interceptions.