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Earl Campbell

Running Back

Earl Christian Campbell

Inducted 1990

Date of Birth



Tyler, TX


University of Texas (1974-1977)


Earl Campbell came out of Tyler, Texas, and was called "the Tyler Rose" while rambling for big gains at the University of Texas. In a four-year career, he rushed for 4,443 yards. This was the fifth highest total of all time when he graduated. His rushing covered 928 yards as a freshman, 1118 as a sophomore, 653 as a junior (he missed four games), and 1,744 as a senior. He was a first-team All-America as a sophomore and a unanimous pick as a senior. That year, he led the nation in rushing and scoring and won the Heisman Trophy in 1977. He had 21 games in which he topped 100 yards and three over 200. He went pro with the Houston Oilers, was named Most Valuable Player in the National Football League three times, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame one year after making the College Football Hall of Fame. He wore number 20 at Texas, number 34 with the Oilers, and both numbers have been retired. After football, Campbell returned to the University of Texas as special assistant to the vice-president for student affairs.


Height 5'11

Weight 220

Career Highlights

  • 1977 All-Conference
  • 1977 Conference MVP
  • 1977 Heisman Trophy Winner
  • 1977 Led nation in all-purpose yards
  • 1977 Led nation in rushing yards
  • 1977 Led nation in scoring
  • 1977 Unanimous All-America
  • 1975 All-Conference
  • 1975 First Team All-America
  • 1974 All-Conference
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