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Old 11-28-2005   #1
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This will sound hokie, but I do not know a better way to verse it, anytime I hear his name or see a highlight of him it makes me shake my head and smile. The guy was just amazing.

So in reverence to one of my favorite players I thought it would be nice to have his name splashed on the NFL discussion board for a day.

Give Earl an Amen if you like.
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This will sound hokie, but I do not know a better way to verse it, anytime I hear his name or see a highlight of him it makes me shake my head and smile. The guy was just amazing.

So in reverence to one of my favorite players I thought it would be nice to have his name splashed on the NFL discussion board for a day.

Give Earl an Amen if you like.
He was in a class all his own.

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Amen, brotha'!!

No. 34 was one of my childhood heroes. He was like a real life superhero. Even though he doesn't hold all the records yada yada yada, I still think he is one of the best - if not THE best - RBs of all time. I'll never diminish Jim Brown, or Walter Payton, or a whole list of other backs, but Earl was The Man. Can you imagine if he'd been a Steeler?! Dude would have helped them get another two championships.

It was sad to see his condition at the Superbowl celebration of Houston greats a couple of years ago. Poor guy can barely walk, and I imagine that his body took on helluva' beating in the NFL.
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Earl Campbell was a great football player in every sense of the term.
If this state ever produced a better one, I don't know who he would
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I will be playing the 2006 WSOP, and I plan on wearing his jersey that first day.
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I was lucky enough to see a dozen or so games in the 'Dome during that era......a special time that'll never be replicated...............Earl was one of a kind.
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He was awesome. Anyone have any clips of him? Please post them. Every time I see him punish the defenders it gives me chills. I was fortunate to meet him and he is a classy guy.
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It's a shame Earl has to use a cane to walk now.


Anyone remember the Skoal commercial he was in? Don't know why I ask. this post just reminded me of it.
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Too young to have seen him play live, but Ive seen all the footage of the man. My father insist he was the greatest running back ever. Ricky could have been something similar but ruined that. Glad Earl was an Oiler. Luv Ya Blue!!!
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if you don't get goosebumps when you see that Monday Night run against the Dolphins then seek help .....
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No way Ricky Williams could have been the back Earl was. Earl was just so much more explosive its not funny.
I hear ya, anyone ever hear the stories of him working in the meat packing plant? Anyone got any details?
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I posted this in another thread for those that've already seen it. It's got 2 runs by Earl, including the classic shot on Robertson. Just scroll to the 1 minute mark.

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I have to admit to having a FEMALE moment when I saw Earl at the Houston Greats a couple years ago. I cried like a silly OLD woman!! Watching some of the highlights of old Oiler days on the jumbothron last Sunday brought tears to my eyes long before witnessing the meltdown of my Texans! I feel blessed to have been a DIEHARD OILER fan during those Luv Ya Blue days! Great memories of watching the best RB the NFL has ever seen. NONE like him since!!

Earl attends all our tailgates, in memory only. We always cook up a package of Earls Hot Links!!
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if you don't get goosebumps when you see that Monday Night run against the Dolphins then seek help .....
I watched this game a few months ago on dvd, you can find it on Ebay, a buddy of mine bought it along with an 8 x 10 of Earl, he passed Walter Payton that night with rushing yards for a rookie (moved to 4th)....and yes, I got goosebumps.
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I am getting goosebumps writing this.

Me and a couple of my friends had to settle for SRO tickets for that game (I think they cost $9 at the time). Anyway...I thought it would be cool to bring my battery operated tv into the game to watch replays of MNF coverage. Remember, this was 1978 and the technology back then was a bit primitive. The TV was about a 9 inch B&W and the battery pack inside that sucker weighed at least 5 lbs, so this wasn't like carrying around a pocket sized LCD tv. It was basically a clumsy 12" x 12" x 12" box - with a raggedy antenna swinging off it.

Anyway, we walked into the Dome - I was worried they wouldn't let me in with the tv but they did - and we proceeded to the concourse area behind the field level seats on the home sideline. My buddies started scouting for seats but as you can imagine it was packed. I head this whooshing sound and walked into one of the chutes leading to the field level seats on about the west 30 yard line. I was greeted by a sea of 50,000+ blue pom poms being pumped in unison to "Houston Oilers Number One."

I started looking around for a place to sit - the tv was heavy and the game was about to start - but it seemed hopeless. I was about to head back around to the west endzone where you could watch from behind the screen at the back of the field level endzone seats.

Then I heard this voice from above. "Hey," the guy said. "Do you need a place to sit?" "I sure do," I said in response. "I have an extra seat right here next to me and you can sit here on one condition....that you let me watch replays on your tv." "No problem," I said as I worked my way up to where he was sitting.

And so there I sat with my new best friend (whose name I can't remember) behind the Oilers bench on the 30 yard line, field level, watching one of the greatest games in MNF history, maybe even one of the greatest games ever, period.

I will never forget when Earl broke it around the far sideline and took it to the house. I had never in my life experienced a stadium so frenzied -- at least until September 8, 2002.

And the tv? The battery died in the first quarter, but my new friend didn't seem to care.

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We always cook up a package of Earls Hot Links!!
It sounds corny but I don't care. I buy them all the time as a tribute and a thank you for all the great memories he gave me when I was growing up.
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It's great to see all the cherished stories and love for Earl in this thread. Crazy that decades later we can all remember such positive moments that unite us as football fans.

As Vinny said, there will never be another RB like him. Sure, they'll be great HoF players, but he just had certain qualities that made him truly unique.

I always remember how slow he was getting up. We were always worried that he was hurt, but he just took his time, that's all.

Probably my biggest memory of Earl slamming someone was when he went helmet-to-sternum on Isiah Robertson, the Rams LB (IIRC). I think he broke a few ribs and Robertson missed a game or two after that hit. Man, that was just powerful.
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