Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and MuseumThe Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum exists to tell — and preserve — the stories of these Mississippi’s greatest athletes and coaches, who are some of the world’s greatest athletes and coaches. Question: What other state can boast the leading scorer and receiver in NFL history (Jerry Rice), the leading passer in NFL history (Brett Favre), the second leading rusher (Walter Payton) and the patriarch of the first family of football (Archie Manning)?
• 11-0 regular season record, Rose Bowl vs. Southern Cal (’31)
Did You Know?
Nollie “Papa” Felts had two separate college football careers. After starring for Southern, he became a teacher and coach at McLaurin High School, married, and had a son, Nollie Jr. Then–in his mid-20s–he was offered a scholarship to Tulane, where he could play football while attending medical school. Despite the demands of family life, a part-time job, and med school labs which often kept him away from practice, Felts made All-American and was a team leader as Tulane contended for the national title. Young Nollie Jr. served as the Green Wave mascot, cheering on his father from the Tulane bench.