Saturday, October 13, 2007

Old School: Earl Campbell's 7 Seconds of Splendor

Editor's Note: I have ran across a series entitled "Old School" -- enjoy the first installment. -- ds


Old School: Earl Campbell's Seven Seconds of Splendor
Jul 20th 2007

by Jeff Adams

"Old School" is the College Football FanHouse's irregular look back at the rich history of college football, usually through the medium of embeddable flash video. Check out the Old School archive for more famous plays and infamous hair.

Even if you never saw another highlight clip of Earl Campbell, it wouldn't matter. This is the one that defines his career and cements his legend. Seven grainy seconds. One pulverized
defensive back.

I can't even make out the Longhorns' opponent in the clip , and I'm not sure it even matters. The "Tyler Rose" inflicted more pain on defensive players than perhaps any running back to have ever played in college or the NFL. Campbell rushed for 1,744 rushing yards, (800 of those after contact) on his way to the 1977 Heisman Trophy. He finished his Texas career with 4,443 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns.

The Houston Oilers made Campbell the number one draft pick in 1978 and he went on to finish that season with 1,450 yards and was named both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the NFL. For his efforts Campbell was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

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