Earl Campbell on the cover of Sports Illustrated

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  1. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

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    Earl Campbell is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. He is the cover story on a "Where Are They Now?" segment.

    I wish Earl would come out to Reliant for a game so the Texans and all the fans could honor him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui844C3TQVI
     
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    Showtime100 Got JJ?

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    Agree completely. He was such a pleasure to watch both on and off the field.
     
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    a friend of mine told me a short version of a story in the article about Earl

    Earl never ran out of bounds, He would turn inside and look for a defensive back. Well he turned inside and ran over a defensive back.(forgot who it was) The guy said that everything went black and he thought he had gone blind,a second or two later , he could see lights and then everything was moving around him and he couldn't see couldn't focus. Well turns out Earl knocked both contacts out of the guys eye
     
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    here it is





    really really good read.
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1201775/index.htm
     
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    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    the anti-Franco Harris.
     
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    Showtime100 Got JJ?

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    I still love the quote when somebody pointed out to Bum Phillips that Earl gets up really slow after getting tackled. Bum responded Earl goes down really slow too.

    Also in response to someone pointing out his apparent inability to finish a mile run in training camp, "When it's first and a mile, I won't give it to him."
     


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    I heard a John McClain story about Earl awhile back. He said that Steelers fans had much more respect (and still do) for Earl over Franco. Because Earl "played like a Steeler" in their eyes. All grit, never avoided hits, never ran out of bounds.

    He said Franco's style rubbed Steelers fans the wrong way, but the his habit of running out of bounds added years to his career in the end.

    McClain said Earl is still revered in Pittsburgh to this day. Obviously not the folk hero status he has in Houston, but Steelers Nation still holds him in very high regard.

    I always tell my sons about Earl. One day we sat and watched highlights on YouTube. They were both blown away and said nobody runs like that today. I said yep, he was one of a kind, and special dude at that. He was my childhood hero.
     
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    Greatest running back EVER. He had power, speed, and agility. You watch some of his highlights and he had dancer's feet. He did a big man impression of little guy moves at times. I told my kids he was the greatest and then let them watch highlights of Earl and highlights of Jim Brown. They now agree with me. Other backs had longevity, but no one was as great in his prime as Earl. I'll go to my grave with that conviction.

    I recently got a signed ball to go with some of my other Earl memorabilia. An Oilers pennant with several autographs and an autographed Dr. Doom picture are the only other pieces of football memorabilia I have.
     
  11. Hervoyel

    Hervoyel The Right Track

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    I was always amazed at how slow he looked at times and how it wasn't really that he was slow, it was that he had a kind of "glide" to the way he moved. You see him running up a sideline and he's being chased by several players. look at his legs and how long his stride is. They're busting ass trying to catch him and he just seems to be lazily striding along when in reality he's pulling away from them and covering a ton of yardage with every step. The power is evident in all of his best highlights. He was like a train busting through tackles but his speed was so deceptive. Slow or lazy isn't the right word really. He looked "casual" about blowing defenders doors off on the way to the end zone.
     
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    MSR!!

    He looked casual... Well right up until burrying his head in your chest!!

    Signed,

    Isiah Robertson and Co-Signed Jack Tatum
     

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