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2016 Liberty Bowl

SPECIAL THANKS BOWL HISTORY TCU GEORGIA DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD Archie Manning 154 | 58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl HONORS BOWL EVENTS WELCOME The Distinguished Citizen Award is a time-honored tradition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. For more than 40 years, the Bowl has recognized some of America’s most prominent citizens. The award has been presented to a cross section of Americans from a wide range of professions, including military commanders, governors and congressmen, as well as leaders in business, medicine, education, entertainment and sports. Earlier this year, College Football Hall of Famer and AutoZone Liberty Bowl alumnus Archie Manning received the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Distinguished Citizen Award. Manning was the guest of honor at the kickoff event for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic at the Hilton Memphis Hotel, where the award was presented. The event benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Manning is the first Distinguished Citizen Award honoree who played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He led Ole Miss in the 1968 game against Virginia Tech, passing for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the Rebels’ 34-17 win. Manning was a First-Team All-American for the Rebels in 1969 and his number, 18, is retired. At the conclusion of his collegiate football career at Ole Miss, Manning was selected second overall in the 1971 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Manning set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFC Most Valuable Player in 1978. Also while in professional football, he received the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. In 2005, Archie received the Legends Award from the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the Aspire Award from the Cal Ripken Foundation. Archie was honored by the United States Sports Academy with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award. He also received the Silver Buffalo, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest Award. Manning received the Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club, was the 51st winner of the Bert Bell Award, and was honored at the 47th Super Bowl in New Orleans with the Pat Summerall Award. Manning remains active in the New Orleans community. His community activities include the Louisiana Special Olympics, New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, New Orleans Sports Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of the National Football Foundation. In 2013, Archie and his family were featured in a highly rated documentary on ESPN entitled The Book of Manning. Archie and his wife, Olivia, reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. They have eight grandchildren. 2015 – Dick Vitale, College Basketball Coach & Analyst 2014 – Bill Dance, legendary reality TV personality 2013 – Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR Hall of Famer 2012 – Lee Corso, College Football Coach & Analyst 2011 – Lou Holtz, Legendary Coach 2010 – Bobby Bowden, Legendary Coach, Florida State 2009 – Tony Dungy, NFL Coach 2008 – Kenneth E. Tovo, Brigadier General, U.S. Army 2007 – Dr. Robert C. Khayat, Chancellor, University of Mississippi 2006 – Phil Bredesen, Tennessee Governor 2005 – Ambrose F. “Bud” Dudley, Liberty Bowl Founder 2004 – Frederick W. Smith, CEO, FedEx Corporation 2003 – The Danny Thomas Family, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 2002 – Pitt Hyde, AutoZone Founder 2001 – New York City Police Officers, Firefighters & Emergency Workers 2000 – Franco Harris, NFL Hall of Famer/Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers 1999 – Dr. Tom Osborne, Legendary Coach, Nebraska/Former U.S. Congressman 1998 – William B. “Billy” Dunavant, Jr., Business & Sports Entrepreneur 1997 – G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery, U.S. Congressman 1996 – Dr. Peter Doherty, Nobel Prize Recipient 1995 – Rochelle Stevens, Olympic Gold Medal Winner 1994 – Johnny Majors, Legendary Coach 1993 – Dr. Adrian Rogers, Pastor 1992 – Charles M. Neinas, Athletic Administrator 1991 – Jerry Clower, Entertainer 1990 – Alan C. Page, Professional Athlete/Judge 1989 – Chris Schenkel, Sports Broadcaster 1988 – Lindsey Nelson, Sports Broadcaster 1987 – Walter Byers, Executive Director NCAA 1986 – Fred Russell, Sports Writer 1985 – Kemmons Wilson, Founder of Holiday Inn 1984 – William Lawrence, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy 1983 – William Simon, Former U.S. Secretary of Treasury 1982 – Eddie Robinson, Legendary Coach, Grambling 1981 – Marguerite Piazza, Entertainer 1980 – Pearl Bailey, Entertainer 1979 – Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 1978 – Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman, Explorers 1977 – Elvis Presley, Entertainer 1976 – Roone Arledge, President, ABC Sports 1975 – John McKay, Legendary Coach 1974 – Paul “Bear” Bryant, Legendary Coach, Alabama 1973 – John A. Dramesi, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force 1972 – Frank Leahy, Legendary Coach LIST OF PREVIOUS WINNERS: ARCHIE MANNING, 2016 AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD RECIPIENT


2016 Liberty Bowl
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