Archie Manning III is a former professional quarterback. In college, he played for the Ole Miss Rebels football team at the University of Mississippi and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Manning played in the NFL for 13 seasons, primarily with the New Orleans Saints. He was a member there from 1971 to 1982 and also had brief stints with the Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. Manning is the father of Cooper Manning, and former NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.
In 1972, he led the league in pass attempts and completions and led the National Football Conference in passing yards. In 1978, he was named the NFC Player of the Year by UPI after leading the Saints to a 7–9 record. That same year, Archie was also named All-NFC by both the UPI and The Sporting News. Manning was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1978 and 1979. He went on to conclude his career with the Houston Oilers (1982–1983), and the Minnesota Vikings (1983–1984). He ended his 13-year career having completed 2,011 of 3,642 passes for 23,911 yards and 125 touchdowns, with 173 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,197 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 2,011 completions ranked 17th in NFL history upon his retirement.
The Saints have not reissued Manning's No. 8 since he left the team midway through the 1982 season. He has served as an analyst with the Saints' radio and television broadcasts, and has worked as a commentator for CBS Sports' college football broadcasts