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Encyclopedia > Earl Campbell
Earl Campbell
Position(s):
Running back
Jersey #(s):
34
Born: March 29, 1955 (1955-03-29) (age 52)
Career Information
Year(s): 1978-1985
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College: Texas
Professional Teams
Career Stats
TD     74
Rushing Yards     9,407
Receiving Yards     806
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Hall of Fame

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Contents

Early life

Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas, the sixth of eleven children. His father died when he was 11 years old. He began playing football in fifth grade as a kicker, but moved to linebacker and running back in sixth grade. In 1973, he led John Tyler High School to the Texas 4A State Championship (4A then was the largest classification in the state). Barry Switzer of Oklahoma, who unsuccessfully recruited Campbell, said in his 1989 book that Campbell was the only player he ever saw who could have gone straight from high school to the NFL and immediately been a star. This article relates to sports. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ...


College and professional career

As a collegiate football player at the University of Texas at Austin, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977. He was selected as the Southwest Conference running back of the year in each of his college seasons and finished with 4,444 career rushing yards. A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... University of Texas redirects here. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ...


Houston Oilers

He was the first draft pick overall in the 1978 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and in that year named the Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press as well as the Most Valuable Player. 1978 NFL Draft Round one Categories: | | ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ...


Campbell possessed a rare combination of speed and power, and was a prolific running back from 1978 through 1985. His outstanding single-season performance in 1979 earned him all-pro, Pro Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors. It was also the second of three consecutive seasons in which he led the league in rushing. Only Jim Brown had previously accomplished that feat. Campbell led the NFL in rushing in 1978, 1979, and 1980. He played in five Pro Bowls and finished his career with 9,407 yards and 74 touchdowns rushing along with 806 yards on 121 receptions. In 1980, Campbell's best year in the NFL, he ran for 1,934 yards including four 200-yard rushing games, including a personal best 206 yards against the Chicago Bears. Despite playing against stacked defenses and being gang-tackled nearly every time he carried the ball (a then-record 373 times), Campbell managed to average 5.2 yards per carry and scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 1980 alone. The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award is given annually by the Associated Press to the offensive player of the National Football League believed to have had the most outstanding season. ... James Nathaniel Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a retired American professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1979 NFL season was the 60th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1980 NFL season was the 61st regular season of the National Football League. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football...


New Orleans Saints

In 1984, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints, reuniting him with his former Oilers coach O.A. "Bum" Phillips. The trade was controversial in New Orleans, as it was widely believed that Campbell's skills had diminished, and the Saints already had the young George Rogers in the backfield. Campbell played in a diminished role in 1984 and 1985, and retired during the preseason of 1986, feeling that the beating he had taken during his career had taken too much of a toll. The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Oail Andrew Bum Phillips (born on September 29, 1923 in Nederland, Texas or Orange, Texas) is a former National Football League (NFL) head coach. ... George Washington Rogers (born December 8, 1958 in Duluth, Georgia) is a former American football player who achieved distinction in both the college and professional ranks as a running back. ... The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Legacy

Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the best running backs in NFL history. He is considered a prototype for the bruising, power running back. Described as a "one-man demolition team," Campbell was a punishing runner. His 34-inch thighs, 5-11, 244-pound frame, coupled with 4.6 speed, made him the most feared runner of his time. Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle Joe Greene claimed that Campbell could inflict more damage on a team than any other back he ever faced. Charles Edward Greene, known as Mean Joe Greene (born September 24, 1946), is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Throughout the early 1970s he quickly developed into the most dominant defensive player the NFL had ever seen. ...


Former Heisman Trophy winner and former Miami Dolphins player Ricky Williams was often compared to Campbell during Williams' days as a player with The University of Texas Longhorns. Even now, short running backs that use powerful legs to their advantage are occasionally nicknamed "Little Earl," most recently to some publicity with Gary Russell of the University of Minnesota.[1] City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference... Errick Lynne Williams, Jr. ... This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ...


The pride that prodded Campbell to stretch out every run over eight grueling seasons for the Oilers and New Orleans Saints also might have been responsible for his relatively short career. All of the pounding he absorbed, all of the bone-jarring blows from second, third and fourth tacklers wore down his body and prompted a premature drop-off in performance. Debate still rages as to whether Coach Bum Phillips hastened the end of Campbell's career by overworking him; nevertheless, the consensus is clear that during Campbell's heyday, few running backs were as productive or imposing. Oail Andrew Bum Phillips (born on September 29, 1923 in Nederland, Texas or Orange, Texas) is a former National Football League (NFL) head coach. ...


Honors

In 1999, he was ranked number 33 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranked player for the Houston Oilers franchise. This article is about the year. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...

The Statue of Earl Campbell at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
The Statue of Earl Campbell at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Campbell, Texas’ first Heisman Trophy winner in 1977, was honored at halftime against Ohio State on September 9, 2006. The school unveiled a new 9-foot statue of Campbell in the southwest corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. The same year, Campbell graced the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, an honor that eluded him during his playing days. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1188 KB) I took this photograph myself MaroonFrog 21:22, 18 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1188 KB) I took this photograph myself MaroonFrog 21:22, 18 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The most recent issue of Dave Campbells Texas Football, published in June 2006. ...


In 1981 the state legislature of Texas proclaimed Earl Campbell as an Official State Hero of Texas, an honor only previously awarded to Davy Crockett, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston. [2][3] Colonel David Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; usually referred to as Davy Crockett and by the popular title King of the Wild Frontier. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the... Stephen F. Austin Stephen Fuller Austin (November 3, 1793 – December 27, 1836), known as the Father of Texas, led the second and ultimately successful colonization of the region by the United States. ... Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793–July 26, 1863) was a 19th century American statesman, politician and soldier. ...


Personal life

In 1980, Campbell married his high school girlfriend Reuchalle Reuna Smith. They have two sons: Christian, who ran track at the University of Houston, and Tyler, who currently plays football for San Diego State University. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... University of Houston redirects here. ... San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. ...


Due to the countless carries in his NFL career and numerous hits on his body, Campbell has great difficulty walking and sometimes requires the use of a wheelchair. In 2004, ESPN showed a segment about retired and current NFL players who deal with chronic injuries due to playing in the NFL over a number of years. The segment showed Earl Campbell at a farm using a wheelchair. Campbell has developed severe arthrtis in his knees and has debilitating back pain. He attributes his back pain to a congenital back condition aggravated by his football career. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN/ESPN-DT, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an [[United States|Amer<nowiki>Insert non-formatted text here--68. ...


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Preceded by
Tony Dorsett
Heisman Trophy Winner
1977
Succeeded by
Billy Sims
Preceded by
Tony Dorsett
AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
Ottis Anderson
Preceded by
Terry Bradshaw
NFL Most Valuable Player
1979 season
Succeeded by
Brian Sipe

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