From the XOS Licensing Vault: Happy Birthday Earl Campbell, a Texas Longhorns legend and one of the greats to ever play the game.
FROM THE XOS LICENSING VAULT: EARL CAMPBELL
The XOS Licensing Vault has more than 100,000 hours of original college sports stock footage and images spanning nearly 100 years. From time to time, we like to take a look back and give you access to some of the most significant and memorable moments in NCAA sports history. In honor of his birthday on March 29, 1955 – let’s take a look at the legendary career of Earl Campbell.
As a senior at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas in 1973, Campbell helped his team to a 4A State Championship while also taking home the Mr. Football USA honor as the national high school player of the year. Campbell moved on to a 4-year career at the University of Texas where he racked up nearly 4,500 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns. He was a two-time All-American and was awarded the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1977.
After finishing at Texas, Earl Campbell was the first overall selection in the 1978 NFL Draft and went on to an 8-year career with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. In that time he garnered numerous awards including Offensive Rookie of the Year, AFC Offensive Player of the Year, and NFL Most Valuable Player. He amassed over 9,400 rushing yards and 74 touchdowns for his NFL career before retiring in 1985.
In addition to having his jersey retired by both the University of Texas and the Houston Oilers, Campbell is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1990) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991).
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