25 Facts About Earl Campbell

1. In 2009, Earl Campbell became addicted to painkillers prescribed for his spinal stenosis, taking as many as ten OxyContin pills a day with Budweiser.

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2. Earl Campbell was honored at halftime against Ohio State on September 9, 2006, including the unveiling of a 9-foot bronze statue of Campbell in the southwest corner of Royal-Memorial Stadium.

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3. In 1999, Earl Campbell was ranked number 33 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 greatest football players, the highest-ranked player for the Houston Oilers franchise.

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4. Earl Campbell was inducted as one of six charter members into the Titans Hall of Fame in 1999, although he declined an invitation to the induction ceremony, stating, "I was a Houston Oiler, not a Tennessee Titan.

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5. Earl Campbell was introduced at the ceremony by Bum Phillips.

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6. On July 27, 1991, Earl Campbell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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7. Earl Campbell became the first Texas Longhorns football player to have his jersey retired by the University, his number 20 being retired in 1979.

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8. Earl Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the best power running backs in NFL history, and was highly regarded by his peers.

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9. Earl Campbell finished the year with 643 rushing yards on 158 carries.

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10. Earl Campbell was invited to his fourth Pro Bowl, but failed to make an All-Pro roster.

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11. Earl Campbell threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to receiver Billy "White Shoes" Johnson against the Steelers for his only career completion out of three attempts.

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12. Earl Campbell finished 70 yards short of breaking O J Simpson's single-season rushing yards record set in 1973.

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13. Earl Campbell was held to just 15 yards on 17 carries against Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defense.

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14. Earl Campbell does the same thing other backs do, only better.

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15. Earl Campbell set NFL records with eleven 100-yard rushing games, seven consecutive 100-yard games, and 368 carries.

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16. Earl Campbell was the first overall draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, selected by the Houston Oilers, who signed him to a six-year, $1.4 million contract.

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17. Earl Campbell was a unanimous All-American, being named to the first team by every major selector.

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18. Earl Campbell became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy which was awarded to the outstanding player in the Southwest Conference.

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19. Earl Campbell was awarded the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding college player after the season, becoming the University of Texas' first winner of the award.

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20. Earl Campbell attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played college football for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1974 to 1977.

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21. Earl Campbell was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame (1991).

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22. Earl Campbell became the centerpiece of Houston's offense during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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23. Earl Campbell won the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1979 after leading the league in rushing yards and touchdowns.

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24. Earl Campbell was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in each of his first three seasons, during which he averaged nearly 1,700 rushing yards per season.

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25. Earl Campbell was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 1978 and had an immediate impact in the league, earning NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

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