BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former Ole Miss All-American tight end Kris Mangum is one of 14 members of the 2016 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, a collection of former football standouts who will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta in December.
The 2016 Football Legends Class includes 14 former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions. This year’s class includes a Heisman Trophy winner, All-Americans, All-SEC selections and Academic All-Americans as well as NCAA and SEC record holders. The group represents teams that won National and SEC Championships and are represented in state, school and college football halls of fame.
A native of Magee, Mississippi, Mangum earned first team All-America honors in 1996 when he served as team captain for the Rebels. A two-time All-SEC selection, Mangum caught 74 passes for 729 yards and four touchdowns during his three seasons with the Rebels, averaging 9.9 yards per reception. He was named the 1996 SEC Most Outstanding Lineman by the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and he finished his collegiate career ranked second among Ole Miss tight ends in passes caught and third in receiving yards.
Mangum enjoyed a 10-year career in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, retiring after the 2006 season as the fifth-leading receiver in franchise history with 151 catches for 1,424 yards and nine TDs and third in team history in games played with 126. He was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
The class will be honored at the 2016 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 2-3 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Dec. 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 3.
2016 SEC Football Legends:
ALABAMA – Chris Samuels, Offensive Tackle, 1996-99
ARKANSAS – Shawn Andrews, Offensive Tackle, 2001-03
AUBURN – Jason Campbell, Quarterback, 2000-04
FLORIDA – Steve Spurrier, Quarterback 1963-1966; Head Coach 1990-2001
GEORGIA – Jon Stinchcomb, Offensive Line, 1999-2002
KENTUCKY – James Whalen, Tight End, 1997-1999
LSU – Robert Dugas, Offensive Tackle, 1976-78
OLE MISS – Kris Mangum, Tight End, 1994-96
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Randy Thomas, Offensive Guard, 1997-98
MISSOURI – Justin Smith, Defensive End, 1998-2000
SOUTH CAROLINA – Travelle Wharton, Offensive Tackle, 2000-2003
TENNESSEE – Deon Grant, Defensive Back, 1997-1999
TEXAS A&M – Ray Mickens, Defensive Back, 1992-95
VANDERBILT – Chris Williams, Offensive Tackle, 2005-2007