Vardaman retires Odie Armstrong’s number nine

The Vardaman Rams retired Odie Armstrong's number in a pregame ceremony last Friday night at Carter Field.

Armstrong was a standout running back at Vardaman where he rushed for 5,838 yards and 104 touchdowns.

He set a Mississippi high-school record with 39 rushing touchdowns his senior year.

He starred at running back for Itawamba Community College and then finished his college career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was a 2005 NAIA 2nd Team All American.

Armstrong began his professional career with the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football League.

He played a season with the California Redwoods of the UFL before returning to Arena Football and the Orlando Predators.

The past two seasons he has played fullback for the Arizona Rattlers, both years making it to the Arena Bowl Championship. Last season the Rattlers won the title.

Pictured, are Vardaman Coach Justin Hollis, Principal Porter Casey, Odie Armstrong, his mother Doris Armstrong, his wife Natalie Armstrong (far right), sisters Melinda and Melissa Armstrong, and daughters Tyiashia, Paytyn and Payzlyn. Photo by Tania Nelson