Archie may not seem like a royal name, but it is regal among sports, music and pop culture figures.
The newest member of the royal family is named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. He joins an elite group of people who go by that name, including a college football icon, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner and a champion boxer.
Archie Manning is a former college football star at the University of Mississippi who was named the 1969 Southeastern Conference player of the year. Manning also spent most of his 13-year career in the National Football League with the New Orleans Saints.
Manning threw 125 touchdowns during his pro career but was sacked a staggering 396 times. While Manning never made it to the playoffs, his two sons, Peyton and Eli, have each won two Super Bowls. Peyton Manning also lost a pair of Super Bowls.
Archie is actually Manning’s middle name. His full name is Elisha Archie Manning III, according to Pro Football Reference.
Archie Griffin was star running back who rushed for 5,589 yards and 26 touchdowns at Ohio State University. Griffin was the perfect running back in coach Woody Hayes’ “3-yards and a cloud of dust” offense and won the Heisman Trophy in 1974 and 1975. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Archie Moore was known as the “Old Mongoose” during his boxing career as a light-heavyweight. He carved out a 186-23-10 record from 1935 to 1963 and had a record 141 knockouts. Moore became light-heavyweight champion when he was 39 and is the only boxer to face both Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Archie Campbell was a comedian who starred at the Grand Ole Opry and was a fixture as a writer on the country music television variety show, “Hee Haw.”
Archie Andrews is a comic book character known as “America’s typical teenager,” according to the Archie Comics website. He made his first appearance in Pep Comics #22 in 1941. The Archie Andrews character has been featured in comics; “The Archie Show,” an animated television show. In 1968-69, and currently since 2017 in “Riverdale,” the CW television network show starring K.J. Apa.
Archie Bunker was a bigoted working-class, hard-hat family man who was played by Carroll O’Connor on the CBS television show, “All in the Family,” from 1971 to 1979. His character disparaged people of race, religion and political background and argued constantly with his son-in-law, whom he called “Meathead.”
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