Ole Miss and the State of Mississippi lost another sports legend Saturday, June 17, 2017, with the passing of football star Larry Grantham, 78, who was also a member of the Super Bowl III champion New York Jets.
Stringer Funeral Home in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, is in charge of the service, which will be held Wednesday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home.
Grantham played linebacker and end for legendary Ole Miss coach John Vaught from 1957-1959, earning three letters, and helped lead the Rebels to a 28-4-1 record, including Sugar Bowl victories over Texas and LSU and a win over Florida in the Gator Bowl. He also was a letterman on coach Tom Swayze’s 1958 Ole Miss baseball team.
The 1959 team, which finished 10-1 and earned a share of the national championship, is considered one of the best in Ole Miss football history. When Jeff Sagarin computed his list of the all-time highest-rated college football teams from 1956 to 1995, the Ole Miss Rebels ranked No. 3 behind Nebraska’s 1995 and 1971 teams.
Grantham played a key role as the 1959 Rebel defense shut out eight opponents, while allowing only two touchdowns all season. Ole Miss outscored its opposition 329-21 that season, with the only other TD given up being LSU great Billy Cannon’s 89-yard punt return on Halloween Night in Baton Rouge that lifted the Tigers to a 7-3 win.
Ole Miss, however, got its revenge two months later in a Sugar Bowl rematch as the Rebels dominated LSU, 21-0, and held the…
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