BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Former Ole Miss All-American punter Jim Miller is one of 14 members of the 2018 AT&T Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The group, which includes former stars who excelled on the gridiron and helped write the rich history of the sport at their respective institutions, will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta.
Miller, a barefooted punter who earned consensus All-America honors in 1979, was a three-time All-SEC first-team pick and member of both the Ole Miss Team of the Century (1893-1992) and Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.
The Ripley, Mississippi, native averaged 43.4 yards on 266 career punts and in 1977 led the nation in punting, averaging 45.9 yards, which also set an SEC record. Although 40 years have passed since his final collegiate season, he still holds school records for most career punts (266) and career punting yards (11,549) and ranks second for most punting yards in a season (3,283).
Miller played six years in the NFL and while playing for the San Francisco 49ers was selected to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 1980 and was also a member of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XVI championship team.
The class will be honored at the 2018 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted by the annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1.
2018 SEC FOOTBALL LEGENDS
Alabama - Shaun Alexander, Running Back, 1996-99
Arkansas - Darren McFadden, Running Back, 2005-07
Auburn - Ronnie Brown, Running Back, 2001-04
Florida - Lawrence Wright, Safety, 1993-96
Georgia - Hines Ward, Wide Receiver/Quarterback/Running Back, 1994-97
Kentucky - Rich Brooks, Head Coach, 2003-09
LSU - Ronnie Estay, Defensive Tackle, 1968-71
Ole Miss - Jim Miller, Punter, 1976-79
Mississippi State - Mardye McDole, Wide Receiver, 1977-80
Missouri - Devin West, Running Back, 1995-98
South Carolina - Eric Norwood, Linebacker, 2006-09
Tennessee - Phillip Fulmer, Head Coach, 1992-2008
Texas A&M - Pat Thomas, Defensive Back, 1974-75
Vanderbilt - Zac Stacy, Running Back, 2009-12