SEC honors Archie Manning with distinguished service award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference has named Archie Manning winner of the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award.

The award, named after the late SEC commissioner, is presented to former athletes, graduates or administrators of member schools who have remained involved in college athletics and had an impact on the league. The league announced the winner Thursday.

Manning is a former football and baseball player at Mississippi and the father of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning. He played 11 seasons for the New Orleans Saints.

"He has left an indelible mark on the SEC through his participation in athletics, his service organization leadership and his dedication to family values," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said.

Manning will be honored during the annual SEC Legends Dinner on Nov. 30.