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Quotes from the article...the link does not provide the full article...still trying to find it
"When former defenders describe what it felt like to tackle him, they sound as if they are recalling a near-death experience. Former Oilers safety Bo Eason: “He hit me so hard that both my contacts flew out. The next day we were watching film with our defensive coordinator, Jerry Glanville, and he asked me why I was running the wrong direction the rest of the game. I told him, ‘Coach, I couldn’t see s—. Earl Campbell knocked my contacts out of my head.”
"Campbell played only eight years in the NFL and it had an impact on his body that came to haunt him in his 40s. Arthritis froze his knees, back and feet. He developed gout and diabetes. At 45 he was required to be in a wheelchair. Panic attacks, which had hounded him since retirement, grew more frequent. It was around this time that he began taking OxyContin, up to 10 pills a day, downing each with a Budweiser. It became so bad that during the 30th-anniversary celebration of his winning the Heisman, Campbell struggled to remember names and dates. Said Heisman winner and former NFL running back Eddie George after that celebration: “I stay focused and prayerful that I won’t have to with the situation of Earl Campbell one day.”
"In November 2009, Campbell’s two sons, Tyler, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) during his junior season of football at San Diego State, and Christian approached their father and told him he needed help. They drove him to a rehabilitation clinic in Austin. The program lasted 28 days, Campbell stayed 44."
Thanks for posting the story...........glad to see The Tyler Rose doing well!
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I literally ran into Earl in Jester once in '77 and it was like walking into a wall. He profusely apologized to me afterward, even though it was 100% my fault.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
I too read the article in SI. As a student, Earl was polite to everyone especially the hired help. He and his brothers went out of their way to make life good for those around them- except when they played football. There they played hard but fair. Life was never good for anyone who tried to tackle Earl. Good article about a great man.
275-0 scoring margin
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When I got the magazine out of the mailbox, never in a million years did I expect to see Earl on the cover.
Great, great article. Only wish it was longer.
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Has there ever been anyone in any sport who was less affected by their celebrity? I can't imagine it.
When your kids step up to you like that and for that, then that's when you know that you raised them right.
.........................Absolutely! Plus it says a lot about Ann Campbell and the type of person she was...........from what I understand all of her kids turned out right.
Run Ricky Run and I saw Earl at the TSHOF banquet in the spring. He looked better than I'd seen him look in a good while.
I was in Dirty's one day with me kids when Earl came it in a pair of coach's pants. My kids could not believe someone could have thighs bigger around than my waist, which because of too many trips to Dirty's, was a pretty good size. I think I read where his cardiologist made him stop going there. I've kept my trips a secret from my cardiologist and the stent wasn't that bad.
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If nobody ate at places like Dirty's, there'd be a whole bunch of cardiologists on unemployment, so guys like us gotta do our parts to save jobs.
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They had 2 of the greatest fry cooks in the world. I just wish they could grind their hamburger meat fresh everyday like they once did. The burgers were always grilled to well so what was the big deal. This and El Patio were two of Earl's favorite places, and I sure would like to see him there again.
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