Ole Miss Football To Retire Ben Williams’ No. 74

OXFORD, Miss. — The Ole Miss Rebels are set to retire Ben Williams’ No. 74 jersey number on Thanksgiving Night against Mississippi State this season, the school announced on Thursday.

Williams was the first African American to play in a varsity football game for the Rebels, and he will join Archie Manning (18), Chucky Mullins (38) and Eli Manning (10) as the only Ole Miss players to have a jersey number retired .

“It is our honor to recognize Gentle Ben and his immense impact by enshrining his No. 74 among the greats to ever wear the Red and Blue,” Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter said in a press release. “Few individuals in the history of our university have opened more doors for others than Ben. In a year that our campus is celebrating 60 years of integration, the athletics department is excited to forever distinguish Ben — the player and the person — for breaking down walls in our football program and helping make Ole Miss what it is today.”

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