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Earl Campbell

Campbell signing autographs in 2009
No. 20, 34, 35
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-03-29) March 29, 1955 (age 61)
Place of birth: Tyler, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Tyler (TX) John Tyler
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history

Houston Oilers (1978–1984)
New Orleans Saints (1984–1985)

Career highlights and awards

5× Pro Bowl (1978–1981, 1983)
3× First-team All-Pro (1978–1980)
3× NFL Most Valuable Player (1978–1980)
3× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1978–1980)
Bert Bell Award (1979)
NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1978)
3× NFL rushing yards leader (1978–1980)
2× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1979, 1980)
Tennessee Titans No. 34 retired
Heisman Trophy (1977)
Chic Harley Award (1977)
Davey O Brien Memorial Trophy (1977)
UPI College Player of the Year (1977)
Sporting News College Player of the Year (1977)
2× First-team All-American (1975, 1977)
Texas Longhorns No. 20 retired

Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 9,407
Rushing average: 4.3
Touchdowns: 74
Player stats at NFL.com

Sometimes I pay for it, With the way I walk now, the things I did to my body wasn't supposed to be done. At 48 years old, it is saying, 'Hey, Earl, remember what you did to me?'.
Earl Campbell
I did some good things as a rookie.
After watching films of Jim Brown, I noticed that he never ran out of bounds. He always ran North and South and that's what I turned my style into. I was a North and South runner.
Earl Campbell
Our company sells about five to six million pounds of sausage a year. We sell it retail and to restaurants. We've got all kinds of products.
Earl Campbell
My running style was kind of just head-on, because I couldn't dance.
I have a company called Earl Campbell Foods. I got into the meat business in 1991.
Earl Campbell
It really started cooking when I moved to Houston. I bought a house and got my own barbeque pit.
Earl Campbell
Coming up as a kid, I played middle linebacker and I was very bow-legged, and I wanted to be like the legendary Dick Butkus.
Earl Campbell
I learned from different guys I played with, too. The key was probably three people: The good Lord, the offensive linemen I played with and great fullbacks that could block very well.
Earl Campbell
I always knew that I wanted to do something in business and I prepared myself for that.
Earl Campbell
I talk to student-athletes. I try to get them to remember that they're not just athletes, but student-athletes. You need to get an education, keep your hands clean and try to represent the university.
Earl Campbell
There are two things panic patients hate to do. They hate to take medication – and they hate to go to doctors. They hate to come to grips.
Earl Campbell
I think one game we played the Oakland Raiders and Jack Tatum and I had an accident on the one-yard line. The only thing that Jack Tatum didn't do was wrap me up so I backed into the endzone backwards.
Earl Campbell
Pittsburgh was a great team. Coach Noll, Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, L.C. Greenwood and all those guys did a great job. That's the team that kept us from winning two Super Bowls. It was a great rivalry.
Earl Campbell
When I was a kid and got in trouble, I'd always say, Mom, I'm in trouble. Well, Mom, I'm in trouble.
Earl Campbell
There had been talk about me getting involved with the new team in Houston. I don't know if it's something that will become a realization, but it would be something that I would love to do.
Earl Campbell
Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.
I try to get them to remember that they're not just athletes, but student-athletes.
Earl Campbell
I had two things I could do: I could run over you, and I could put a good stiff arm on you. That was about it.
Earl Campbell
I have a wife and two boys. One is 18 and the other is 14. The 18-year old is getting ready for college next year and he made a decision to run track. He runs a lot like Michael Johnson.
Earl Campbell
Everything in life has a price on it – there ain't a damn thing free in America, and football has got a price on it.
Earl Campbell
I miss the guys. I don't get to see them often. We do get together in Houston now and then.
Earl Campbell
First of all, I'm so glad that the city of Houston has a football team again. They have such great fans. I'm really happy for the people of Houston because they deserve a football team.
Earl Campbell
Emmitt Smith is a great running back. One of the things I like about him along with Edgerrin James is that neither one of them 'show out' when they run a touchdown.
Earl Campbell