Pick a number and a legend, make a case

OK, let’s have some fun. This is going to be our All-Mississippi, All-Sports, Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame numbers team. We want audience participation.

The numbers should be the numbers our guys wore in Mississippi, not in the pros. This is all about Mississippi.

As self-designated commissioner, I am going to go ahead and suggest certain numbers. These are negotiable, but you will have to make your argument. The rest of are up for grabs. There’s nothing official about this; it is for entertainment purposes only.

Please respond at the bottom with your suggestions for new numbers or to change existing ones. Again, state your argument. Each time a valid argument is made, the number and name go on the list. If you make a convincing case for a change, that will happen also.

There are so many tough choices. For instance, both Charlie Conerly and Charlie Flowers wore 41 at Ole Miss. Both John Bond and Johnthan Banks wore 13 at State. But then so did Bobby Thigpen, who set Major League records. State folks think of Sleepy Robinson as the beloved 15. Ole Miss folks would go with All American Glynn Griffing who led the Rebels to a 10-0 record in 1962. This ain’t easy. Need some help.

No. 00: Darryl Wilson

No. 1: Ron Polk.
No. 2: Fred Smoot

No. 3: Boo Ferriss (MSU)
No. 4:  Brett Favre

No. 5: Courtney Blades

No. 6: Rafael Palmeiro

No. 7: Jeff Bower

No. 8: Glen Young

No. 9: Steve McNair

No. 10: Eli Manning
No. 11: Monta Ellis

No 12: Jake Gibbs
No. 13: Bobby Thigpen

No. 14: Johnny Neumann

No. 15: Glynn Griffing

No. 18:  Archie Manning
No. 19: Hanford Dixon

No. 20: Buddy Elrod

No. 21: Keffer McGee

No. 22: Deuce McAllister
No. 23: Will Clark
No. 24: Jeff Malone

No. 25: Bruiser Kinard

No. 26: Floyd Franks

No. 27: Michael Boley

No. 28: Bubba Phillips

No. 29: Ben Garry

No. 31: Bobby Crespino

No. 32: Jarvis Varnado

No. 33: Boo Ferriss (Delta State)
No. 34: Walter Payton
No. 35: Clarence Weatherspoon
No. 36: Nick Bell

No 38: Chuckie Mullins
No. 39: Jim Miller

No. 40 Walter Packer

No. 41: Charlie Conerly
No. 42: John Stroud

No. 43: Derrick Nix

No. 44: Ray Guy

No. 45: Lucy Harris

No. 49: Patrick Willis

No. 50: Kenny Dill

No. 52: Bailey Howell
No. 53: D.D. Lewis
No. 55: Nick “The Cat” Revon

No. 57: Jerrell Powe

No. 58: Kent Hull
No. 61: Doc Blanchard

No. 62: Justin Canale

No. 63: Marvin Terrell

No. 64: Everett Lindsey

No. 67: Stan Hindman

No. 68: Jerald Baylis

No. 69: Richard Price

No. 70: Richard Byrd

No. 71: Roland Dale

No. 74: Gentle Ben Williams

No. 76: Walt Suggs

No. 77: John Jerry

No. 78: Jackie Slater

No. 79: Gene Hickerson
No. 80: Wesley Walls

No. 81: Jimmie Giles
No. 82: Kris Mangum

No. 83: Lake Speed


No. 87: Willie Brown

No. 88: Jerry Rice

No. 89: Willie Richardson

No. 91: Billy Jackson

No. 92: Kelvin Pritchett

No 94: Fletcher Cox

No. 97 Adalius Thomas

No. 98 Tyrone Keys

No. 99 Johnie Cooks


43 thoughts on “Pick a number and a legend, make a case”

  1. No. 6: Rafael Palmeiro — If you’ve got Clark, gotta have Palmeiro
    No. 13: Bobby Thigpen — Set MLB saves record (57), since surpassed
    No. 19: Jonathan Papelbon — Two World Series rings, 277 saves
    No. 24: Jeff Malone — Career scoring leader at State, 13-year NBA career, two-time All-Star

  2. # 2 – Fred Smoot – His Party Boat shenanigans should be enough to get him on here, but he was also an All-American at State.
    # 32 – Jarvis Varnado – Broke the NCAA all time blocked shot record.

  3. I agree on #2 for Smoot.

    #25 – Erick Dampier. Key piece of the 1996 Final Four run, and a long time NBA player.

    I’m shocked you don’t have Eli Manning for #10.

  4. No. 10…. you really can’t argue two Super Bowl MVPs, but I will tell you there are an awful lot of Southern Miss fans who would argue Reggie Collier as the school’s all-time best football player over Favre. And then there was that No 10 named Totten who threw for 59 tds IN ONE SEASON. Nevertheless, Eli it is, when you throw in his acting and rap skills.

  5. I want to throw out a non-convential candidate, Doc Blanchard wore NO. 61 when he played at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis. He later went on to win the Heisman Trophy.

  6. #94 Fletcher Cox, All SEC, 1st round draft choice
    #70 Terrance Metcalf, All SEC, great tackle, good pro career
    #79 Derrick Sherrod, All SEC, 1st round draft choice
    #00 Daryl Wilson, nuff said

  7. #25 Erick Dampier. Has 16 years in the NBA and his career earnings put him in the top 100 ever. Final four, 1st round draft, from “the Sip'” still lives here, too. Great role model and gives back to his school and teachers. Come on, Rick!

  8. Here’s another tough decision. Erick Dampier goes in at No. 25, replacing USM’s all-time leading rusher Damion Fletcher. Dampier’s defense helped State to the Final Four and he played sucessfully in the NBA for years. Tough choice. Scroll down this working list. See how much we have to be proud of.

  9. Roland Dale – # 71 – Ole Miss – late ’40s – – – Mississippi hall of fame – ole miss hall of fame – – southern Mississippi hall of fame – – First person in Mississippi to get into three different hall of fame’s- – – played for Washington Redskins – Marine in ’46 – –

    you don’t currently have a # 71 listed

  10. Going to throw out a couple of NASCAR names here…Lake Speed drove the #83 when he scored his lone NASCAR win and current NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr drove the #6 to two consecutive Nationwide Series championships and currently drives the #17 in the Sprint Cup Series

  11. Rick, I would say Jackie Slater, the great OT from Jackson State, at #78. Also did Robert Brazile wear 52 in college or another number. I know he wore 52 in the pros..but can’t bump Bailey Howell.

  12. Kelvin Pritchett, DL lineman from Ole Miss. Believe he was a first round pick and played many years with the Detroit Lions. #92

  13. #7 Jeff Bower. Good enough QB to be 2nd Team All South Independent and 4 CUSA titles as a head coach when CUSA was still a decent conference.

  14. Would like to second Jackie Slater at #78. One of the best OL ever. Also, agree with Jim Miller #39. Saw him play a few times when I was a kid. Great punter.

  15. #64 Everett Lindsay, who came to Ole Miss from Raleigh, N.C., earned four letters for the Rebels from 1989-1992 as he helped anchor the offensive line under then head coach Billy Brewer. Lindsay, a two-time All-SEC and All-America selection in 1991 and 1992, was named to the Ole Miss Team of the Century. During his career, he helped lead the Rebels back to the post-season as Ole Miss would play in the Liberty Bowl twice and make an appearance in the Gator Bowl in 1990 against Michigan on New Year’s Day.

  16. For Number 80 you have Todd Pinkston, who was an outstanding player. No questions about his abilities. But how about Wesley Walls, an All-American and two way starter in the SEC and later All-Pro. Just saying…

  17. Thanks, Scoop. Pinkston was a great player, but Walls has superior numbers for a longer pro career and did play both ways as a college standout. Both, by the way, are great guys as well as players.

  18. You’ll also notice the addition of Nick “The Cat” Revon. He was one of my dad’s all-time favorite athletes and the leading scorer in USM basketball history and later was a legendary high school coach in New Orleans.

  19. You’ve gotta go with Big Fred Cook at #81; two time All-American, 1st AA elected Mr. USM; stellar career with Baltimore Colts. How about Janice Felder at #33, nobody is finer than Boo Ferris, but does he need two spots on the list? #96 is open so let’s go with Liberty Bowl champ defensive end Cedric Scott, all-conference and played with the NY Giants. Also of note Tim Floyd’s # on the USM freshman team was 55, I think Revon has slightly better stats.

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