Earl Campbell

  • 4x Pro Bowl selection ( 1978-81, 1983)
  • 3x All-Pro selection ( 1978-80 )
  • 1978 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • 3x NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award ( 1978-80 )
  • 1978 UPI AFL- AFC Player of the Year
  • 1979 Bert Bell Award
  • 1977 Heisman Trophy

Earl Christian Campbell ( born March 29, 1955 in Tyler, Texas), also called The Tyler Rose, is a former American professional American football player in the position of running backs.

Campbell played at the University of Texas for the Longhorns and was selected in 1978 NFL Draft in the first place by the Houston Oilers. There he spent most of his career, and most successful, winning many important individual awards. He then moved to the New Orleans Saints and ended there after a year of his career. He has suffered many injuries through his career in football, under which he is suffering for a long time after his active career.


In 1974 Campbell attended the University of Texas at Austin. There he was taken directly in his first year with other newcomers such as Raymond Clayborn (later New England Patriots ) in the football team. Under Coach Darrell Royal, he played his first game on September 14, 1974 before a home crowd and defeated the Boston College Eagles with 42-19. In his debut as in the following games, he showed good performances and latched on to the end of the regular season an area gain of 928 yards. Therefore, he was elected as Newcomer of the Year in 1996 resolved Southwest Conference. Even in his second year with the Longhorns he remained successful and reached its runs more space gain (1118 yards) than before. At the end of the season the Longhorns have won along with the Texas A & M Aggies Champion of the Southwest Conference and had the Bluebonnet Bowl. Campbell's year as a junior was less successful, as he missed four games due to an injury and could not build on its previous achievements. That seemed the rest of the team affect, played the less successful football. These failures also brought coach Darrell Royal in trouble and led to his dismissal as coach of the Longhorns. Royals was succeeded by Fred Akers, who came from the University of Wyoming. Under him, Campbell started with Longhorns well into the season. At the end of the regular season, the Longhorns had won all the games, including the match against arch-rivals, the Aggies, which was broadcast nationwide on television. Thus, the Longhorns were masters of their Conference and participated in the Cotton Bowl Classic. There they were subject to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 10-38. Earl won at the end of the season well ahead of second-placed Terry Miller, the Heisman Trophy.


Houston Oilers

On April 24, 1978, the Houston Oilers Jimmie Giles and the rights to four draft picks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the future number one pick exchanged. This was Earl Campbell, as the Oilers chose him to this point in the draft. As the number one pick Campbell were the expectations that were placed on him, even exceed them. The running back led the Oilers with quarterback Dan Pastorini confidently into the AFC Championship Game. This lost the Oilers to Campbell clearly with 34-5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and thus missed the Super Bowl just barely. Despite the resignation Campbell had shown exceptional performance throughout the season and led the NFL even was the first rookie ever in rushing yards (1450 ) on. Therefore, he was elected to the All- Pro and to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. These services could Campbell also confirmed in the following season. Through his runs, he still scored more extra space than before and was at the end of the regular season to even officially most valuable player in the NFL ( MVP) selected. But in the play- offs schwächelten both Campbell and the Oilers, which again reached the AFC championship game with a lot of luck. Opponents there was again the eternal division rival Pittsburgh. This time the team hit, better than the year before, but could the Steelers superstar Terry Bradshaw defeat not yet. In his third year as a professional Campbell was again the best offensive players in the league and could again achieve the greatest space thanks to his runs. But in the post-season the Oilers failed again and could not reach the Super Bowl, as they failed in the AFC Wild Card game to eventual winners, the Oakland Raiders superstar Jim Plunkett. Therefore, the still current owner of the franchise, Bud Adams decided to dismiss Bum Phillips as coach of the Oilers. Therefore, the Oilers sank into chaos and missed something the first time in three years the play-offs. It could change nothing exceptional services also Campbells again. With the end of the Luv Ya Blue era also Campbells successful time seemed to come to an end. Because in the next three years Campbell was only once Walk over 1000 yards extra space and not even reach the play -offs with the Oilers.

New Orleans Saints

During the 1984 season Campbell was surprisingly traded to the New Orleans Saints. There he first met his old trainer from Houston, Bum Phillips. In New Orleans, Campbell was not happy. As a running back, he played only eight games since he could not displace its competitors in this position, George Rogers. Overall, it did not go well for the Saints as they missed the play-offs this season. In the subsequent Preseason Campbell injured and ended after Phillips was fired as coach finally his career.

Work after the Football

After Campbell had ended his football career, he worked at his alma mater, the University of Texas. For his former University he has held responsible as an ambassador and mentor for new athletes.

In 1990, Campbell founded his own company, the Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc.. This company produces and sells hot dogs and barbecue sauces. The company produces the products now available from J Bar B Foods, whose seat is in Waelder, Texas.