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Old 09-04-2008   #1
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"Doctors say football legend Earl Campbell underwent successful spinal surgery in July. The Hall of Famer is expected to talk about his recovery and condition later today.

The former Oilers and University of Texas star could walk with little assistance the day after surgery. He considers that a miracle.

Campbell will be begin rehabilitation from the surgery later this month. During the operation in July, doctors at Foundation Surgical Hospital removed parts of his spine. "

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Toughest son of a gun alive. Football season will help the healing process.
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#34 shall be in my prayers.
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we're cheering for you one more time earl.
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Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Hall of Famer Earl Campbell is working hard to get back on his feet. He's been in a wheelchair the past five years because of back injuries he suffered from his days with the Houston Oilers.

He says he just chose to stay home and out of the media, because he didn't want to be "viewed as weak".
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NO ONE could ever view you as WEAK, Earl. The strength you've shown through this ordeal can only be seen as a continuance of the strength that you showed us on the football field. We'll all be looking forward to seeing you back to enjoying life just a little bit more.........this time on the golf course.
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NO ONE could ever view you as WEAK, Earl. The strength you've shown through this ordeal can only be seen as a continuance of the strength that you showed us on the football field. We'll all be looking forward to seeing you back to enjoying life just a little bit more.........this time on the golf course.
Don't know about his spinal problem being football related...Bum Phillips has said on 610 before that Earl had a spinal condition he was born with that he didn't know about all the years he played. Irregardless it had basically crippled him for some years.
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Don't know about his spinal problem being football related...Bum Phillips has said on 610 before that Earl had a spinal condition he was born with that he didn't know about all the years he played. Irregardless it had basically crippled him for some years.
The video on the linked Website seems to contradict what you're saying.
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Don't know about his spinal problem being football related...Bum Phillips has said on 610 before that Earl had a spinal condition he was born with that he didn't know about all the years he played. Irregardless it had basically crippled him for some years.

Some doctors had told Campbell that his problems were in part hereditary, but Dr. Jones said Campbell has a bad back for one reason alone.

“He had a beat up back,” said Dr. Jones, blaming the Hall of Famer's injuries on his bashing running style of his playing days.
Even with the pain and surgeries, Campbell said he would never change the way he played the game in which he took on tacklers without backing down.
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The video on the linked Website seems to contradict what you're saying.
Just repeating what Bum said on the radio. Hasn't been that long ago I heard him..so if the info is wrong it's wrong. But that's what he said.

It's great to know that Earl got help for his problem whatever that may be...I saw him not so long ago and he was in a wheelchair and looked very old.

So it's a good thing. He's a fantastic man from all I've ever heard. And truly one of the best football players to ever grace this planet.

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Earl suffers from Spinal Stenosis, a genetic condition that my father also suffers from. The condition isn't altogether uncommon, but physical careers accelerate and exacerbate the effects. Most people who get stenosis aren't adversely effected until later in life since most people don't play football at such a high level. Or, like Stone Cold Steve Austin, are pro wrestlers. That's what ended Stone Cold's career - stenosis. Same with Michael Irvin and Lenny Dykstra I think.

My father played football until his early 20s and was a semi-pro ballplayer (6'8", 315 lb OL and DL) and then became a carpenter. So his career was always physical. In his late 40s he finally had it so bad, he had to stop working and he hasn't worked a day in years.

It's an incredibly painful disease.

What happens as I understand it is that the outer part of the vertabrae deteriorate, so the spine weakens.

That's not the worst part, though.

The body produces calcium to compensate, but that calcium is deposited on the inner part of the vertabrae, so the spinal cords that run inside the vertabrae are constantly being pushed and compressed together more and more as time passes.

In many cases, if it has enough time to work, paralysis results because the spinal cord is simply squeezed so much by the deposits that some of the nerves become blocked or severed.

The only thing the nerves seem to continue to pass is pain.

It hurts.

Watching my father suffer with this is not easy.

As for Earl's case, I have no idea how accelerated it is.

I just know that my dad - even if he was a golfer - would not be able to play a round of golf. He can get around decently with some rest but it hurts him constantly. Walking is a chore so he has to be careful. And he has rigged up a special chair to put the weight on the bottom of his thighs and the flat of his back rather than the base of his spine.

I also don't know what surgery they gave Earl - but my dad had a fusion done The doctors initially thought they would fuse 2 vertabrae. When they got in, however, the damage was much worse than they thought it would be so they had to fuse 4. It limits his movement and does nothing to inhibit the pain, but it strengthens the support his spine gives him.

And Earl Campbell was and is my dad's favorite player - he has only one McFarlane figure on his desk - it's Campbell sporting the Baby Blue of the Oilers and he loves that thing.

When he heard that Campbell had stenosis, dad really felt for him.

I hope they caught Campbell's condition in better condition than they caught my dad's.

But there is no cure and surgeries often cannot target the problems which are the constant, severe pain and the increasingly shrinking opening inside the vertabrae.

And I am by no means a doctor and pardon any inaccuracies in this post - I am just going by my dad's condition.

But I certainly - as does my father - hope that Earl blows through this thing like a 150-lb safety!
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I was looking for something else but found this.. has anyone heard on the news on how he is doing? i did a search and found nothing on the web so far
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I get a bit misty when I would watch one of my heros(The Tyler Rose) walk and try not to grimace from the pain he was feelin'. All the years of runnin' the rock and over everyone that brought us joy are now years of simple tasks that seem to chalenge...I wish you a speedy recovery and may the simple tasks be just that...simple
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Get well soon 34.
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I was looking for something else but found this.. has anyone heard on the news on how he is doing? i did a search and found nothing on the web so far
I believe they got the age wrong, but here is a recent article about the fate of some of our NFL greats and how poorly they have been supported post playing years.

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Remember Earl Campbell? yes, the same Earl Cambell who ran over linebackers with each carry.

He is now using a walker and canes to get around his house. He is only 58 years old. Do you recall Campbell playing in the Houston Astrodome the first field with this fake grass? The Oilers fans would sing "Love Ya' Blue".

So where is the love now?
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Get well soon, Mr. Earl! Prayers to no. 34.
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Don't know about his spinal problem being football related...Bum Phillips has said on 610 before that Earl had a spinal condition he was born with that he didn't know about all the years he played. Irregardless it had basically crippled him for some years.
I heard that interview with Bum also. He also said that if the doctors new about Earl's spinal condition when he was a kid, that the docs never would have allowed him to play football.

All the best Mr. Campbell. I never enjoyed watching any one player as much as I enjoyed watching you play the game.
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Get well soon Earl, Luv ya!
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