The National Football Foundation announced Tuesday that it will be honoring Ole Miss legend Archie Manning Dec. 6 in New York City as its 63rd Gold Medal recipient.

“Coming from humble beginnings, Archie Manning has exhibited an extraordinary work-ethic throughout his life,” NFF Awards Committee Chairman Jack Ford said in a media release. “His exceptional composure enabled him to handle adversity both on and off the field, and he has remained deeply committed to his family and the community. His focus has always been on others and making those around him better. No individual is more worthy of our highest honor, and we look forward to celebrating the excellence he has come to personify at the NFF Annual Award Dinner in December.”

Manning joins a club which includes seven Presidents, beginning with Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, four generals, three admirals and one Supreme Court Justice along with John Wayne and last year’s winner, Condoleeza Rice. A full of list honorees can be viewed here.

“Archie Manning became an icon as one of the greatest players to ever set foot on the gridiron, and he subsequently used his standing to become one of the game’s greatest ambassadors,” NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell said. “The entire football community has been blessed by his enormous contributions, and we take great pride in having him as our chairman. He has earned this honor many times over, and we are extremely proud to add his name to the esteemed list of past NFF Gold Medal recipients.”

Manning has been the organization’s chairman since 2007, overseeing the launch of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, which has helped raise and distribute money for various scholarships, programs and initiatives.