New Orleans Saints History: Saints Draft Archie Manning

Malcolm Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

On this day in Saints history, January 28th, 1971, the team drafted Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning with the second overall selection in the NFL Draft.

Everyone this week will be talking about Peyton Manning as he prepared to lead the Broncos into Super Bowl XLVIII. But it was 43 years ago today when his father, Archie, first entered the NFL as the second overall draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 1971 NFL Draft.

After finishing a dismal 2-11-1 in 1970, the Saints sat behind only the Patriots in the first round of the draft. The Pats picked Jim Plunkett, leaving the Saints free to select the 22-year-old Ole Miss superstar to replace Billy Kilmer at quarterback.

Manning would go on to start 129 games in ten years with the Saints on his way to becoming the best quarterback in the franchises history, until the recent arrival of Drew Brees of course. He completed 1,849 passes for 21,734 and 115 touchdowns while with New Orleans, earning two Pro Bowl (1978, 1979) appearances in that time.

In September 1982 the Saints traded Archie to the Houston Oilers for Leon Gray, an offensive lineman who refused to sign a contract that season.

Below are Manning's complete career passing and rushing stats.

Passing

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
1971 22 NOR QB 8 12 10 3-5-2 86 177 48.6 1164 6 3.4 9 5.1 63 6.6 5.0 13.5 97.0 60.1 40 332 3.83 2.52 18.4 2 1 7
1972 23 NOR QB 8 14 14 2-11-1 230 448 51.3 2781 18 4.0 21 4.7 66 6.2 4.9 12.1 198.6 64.6 43 347 4.96 3.77 8.8 1 1 11
1973 24 NOR QB 8 13 13 5-8-0 140 267 52.4 1642 10 3.7 12 4.5 65 6.1 4.9 11.7 126.3 65.2 28 177 4.97 3.81 9.5 1 1 7
1974 25 NOR QB 8 11 11 3-8-0 134 261 51.3 1429 6 2.3 16 6.1 79 5.5 3.2 10.7 129.9 49.8 26 172 4.38 2.29 9.1 2 2 4
1975 26 NOR QB 8 13 13 2-11-0 159 338 47.0 1683 7 2.1 20 5.9 71 5.0 2.7 10.6 129.5 44.3 49 390 3.34 1.38 12.7 1 1 3
1977 28 NOR QB 8 10 9 1-8-0 113 205 55.1 1284 8 3.9 9 4.4 59 6.3 5.1 11.4 128.4 68.8 36 288 4.13 3.12 14.9 1 1 9
1978* 29 NOR QB 8 16 16 7-9-0 291 471 61.8 3416 17 3.6 16 3.4 71 7.3 6.4 11.7 213.5 81.7 37 301 6.13 5.38 7.3 2 4 14
1979* 30 NOR QB 8 16 16 8-8-0 252 420 60.0 3169 15 3.6 20 4.8 85 7.5 6.1 12.6 198.1 75.6 17 140 6.93 5.56 3.9 15
1980 31 NOR QB 8 16 16 1-15-0 309 509 60.7 3716 23 4.5 20 3.9 56 7.3 6.4 12.0 232.3 81.8 41 311 6.19 5.39 7.5 1 1 11
1981 32 NOR QB 8 12 11 3-8-0 134 232 57.8 1447 5 2.2 11 4.7 55 6.2 4.5 10.8 120.6 63.6 21 164 5.07 3.51 8.3 3
1982 33 2TM 7 5 0-5-0 67 132 50.8 880 6 4.5 8 6.1 54 6.7 4.8 13.1 125.7 62.1 29 234 4.01 2.52 18.0 5
HOU QB 8 6 5 0-5-0 66 125 52.8 877 6 4.8 6 4.8 54 7.0 5.8 13.3 146.2 71.3 27 216 4.35 3.36 17.8 5
NOR 8 1 0 1 7 14.3 3 0 0.0 2 28.6 3 0.4 -12.4 3.0 3.0 0.0 2 18 -1.67 -11.67 22.2 0
Career 151 139 35-101-3 2011 3642 55.2 23911 125 3.4 173 4.8 85 6.6 5.1 11.9 158.4 67.1 396 3092 5.16 3.85 9.8 11 12 93
11 yrs NOR 134 129 35-91-3 1849 3335 55.4 21734 115 3.4 156 4.7 85 6.5 5.1 11.8 162.2 67.4 340 2640 5.20 3.91 9.3 11 12 84

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
1971 22 NOR QB 8 12 10 33 172 4 17 5.2 14.3 2.8 1 -7 -7.0 0 -7 0.1 -0.6 165 4 7
1972 23 NOR QB 8 14 14 63 351 2 18 5.6 25.1 4.5 351 2 9
1973 24 NOR QB 8 13 13 63 293 2 23 4.7 22.5 4.8 293 2 9
1974 25 NOR QB 8 11 11 28 204 1 26 7.3 18.5 2.5 204 1 4
1975 26 NOR QB 8 13 13 33 186 1 16 5.6 14.3 2.5 186 1 7
1977 28 NOR QB 8 10 9 39 270 5 27 6.9 27.0 3.9 270 5 5
1978* 29 NOR QB 8 16 16 38 202 1 19 5.3 12.6 2.4 202 1 8
1979* 30 NOR QB 8 16 16 35 186 2 20 5.3 11.6 2.2 186 2 4
1980 31 NOR QB 8 16 16 23 166 0 24 7.2 10.4 1.4 166 0 6
1981 32 NOR QB 8 12 11 2 28 0 15 14.0 2.3 0.2 28 0 3
1982 33 2TM 7 5 13 85 0 24 6.5 12.1 1.9 85 0 5
HOU QB 8 6 5 13 85 0 24 6.5 14.2 2.2 85 0 5
























Career 151 139 384 2197 18 27 5.7 14.5 2.5 1 -7 -7.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2190 18 73
11 yrs NOR 134 129 357 2058 18 27 5.8 15.4 2.7 1 -7 -7.0 0 0 0.0 -0.1 2051 18 62

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