Uli Mays retires the school’s number one black footballer


The Ole Miss announced Thursday that he will retire with Ben Williams number 74 when the Rebels face Mississippi State in the annual Egg Bowl on November 24.

Williams was the first black player to play in an Ole Miss soccer game and among the first to sign for a scholarship. Affectionately known as “Mr. Gentle” during his playing days, Williams became the fourth player in program history to retire his number one, joining Archie Manning (18), Chucky Mullins (38) and Eli Manning (10).

While at the Ole Miss, Williams was a three-time All-SEC Choice, a four-year letter winner and a member of the Rebels Team of the Century. He still holds the program’s record for career sacks (37) as well as the one-season sack mark (18).


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