Archie Manning, former University of Mississippi and NFL quarterback and father of Peyton and Eli Manning, is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff committee due to complications from a recent knee surgery, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported this morning.

By SI Wire
October 20, 2014

Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee due to health issues, the committee announced Monday.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the news on Monday. 

The elder Manning's knee replacement surgery, performed earlier this year, has developed some complications that are not life threatening, Mortensen reports. The selection committee's announcement confirmed that Manning will have additional surgery in November, preventing him from traveling to meetings. 

From the committee's announcement: 

Manning said, “It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead. My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible.”

Manning, father of NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, played quarterback at Ole Miss and then for 13 seasons in the NFL. 

The committee will not replace Manning and will instead have 12 members for the remainder of this season. 

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Manning was quarterback at Mississippi from 1968 to 1970, winning the SEC Player of the Year award in 1969.

He was selected second overall in the 1971 NFL draft and played for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings.

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