Former Ole Miss quarterback Day led Rebels to first major bowl victory

Updated: February 23, 2008, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. -- Herman Sidney "Eagle" Day, a quarterback at Mississippi in the 1950s whose first college pass went for a 63-yard touchdown, died. He was 75.

Day died Friday at his daughter's home in Nashville, Tenn., after a short, unspecified illness, the university said.

He played two seasons with the Washington Redskins as a punter. Day spent 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League, where he was All-Pro in 1961 and 1962.

Day was an All-Southeastern Conference quarterback who went 28-5-1 and won two league titles under coach John Vaught from 1954 to 1956.

He was dubbed "The Mississippi Gambler" after setting up Ole Miss' 14-13 victory over TCU in the 1956 Cotton Bowl with a 25-yard scramble late in the game that helped the Rebels earn their first major bowl victory.

Day also pitched for the Rebels' baseball team and took Ole Miss to the College World Series in 1956. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1981, the Ole Miss Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2003.

Survivors include wife JoAnne, two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Services will be held March 1 in Jackson, Miss.


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