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Earl Campbell
Posted by contraryman on 12/4 at 10:36 pm
Watching a special on him on NBC sports channel.

He was so good. Loved him and the oilers as a kid. Will still argue he is the most dominating back during his prime.



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Posted by LSU Fan in AU on 12/4 at 10:40 pm to contraryman
I was a big Oilers fan and Earl was great. I can still remember seeing him run over defensive players.


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Posted by Dr RC on 12/4 at 10:40 pm to contraryman
I got to meet him about 6 years ago when they named the field he played on in high school after him down in Tyler.

It was surprisingly sad. He could barely walk without assistance and he sounded punch drunk.


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Posted by Paul Allen on 12/4 at 10:40 pm to contraryman
He sure was. I just think Herschel Walker was the better back.


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Posted by Cincinnati Bowtie on 12/4 at 10:41 pm to contraryman
Bum Phillips ran him into the ground, but you're right, he was incredible.


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Posted by Agforlife on 12/4 at 10:41 pm to LSU Fan in AU
Most punishing runner I have ever seen


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Posted by mattz1122 on 12/4 at 10:41 pm to Paul Allen
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I just think Herschel Walker was the better back.



In the pros those two shouldn't be in the same conversation.



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Posted by Dubosed on 12/4 at 10:49 pm to mattz1122
Earl Campbell was the most violent running back ever


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Posted by DoUrden on 12/4 at 10:50 pm to contraryman
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Will still argue he is the most dominating back during his prime.


Barry Sanders on a decent team > all



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Posted by Robot Santa on 12/4 at 10:59 pm to contraryman





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Posted by contraryman on 12/4 at 11:00 pm to Dr RC
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It was surprisingly sad. He could barely walk without assistance and he sounded punch drunk.


They just talked about his addictions after his fifth back surgery. Sounds clean now but I don't know when this was filmed. It's "still Standing -- the earl Campbell story"

Well done.

Barry sanders was different great.




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Posted by Agforlife on 12/4 at 11:05 pm to contraryman
Had a cousin that was a Derrick Doll and my dad and I got her 2 endzone seats for home games and all I remember is Earl running over these huge men over and over like it was nothing


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Posted by yellowtiger on 12/4 at 11:29 pm to Agforlife
what addictions did he have?


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Posted by Agforlife on 12/4 at 11:35 pm to yellowtiger
He was mixing pain killers and alcohol after his 5th back operation


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Posted by RogerTheShrubber on 12/4 at 11:38 pm to yellowtiger
Probably my favorite RB. Barry Sanders may have been the best, but Earl was a different cut. He could run over you, and outrun you. Maybe the best combination of size, speed and toughness of all.


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Posted by GoldenBoy on 12/5 at 12:09 am to RogerTheShrubber
I think I'd have to go with Jim Brown.


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Posted by johnnydrama on 12/5 at 12:20 am to Cincinnati Bowtie
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Bum Phillips ran him into the ground, but you're right, he was incredible.

This. For three years he was dominant but it ruined him for life.



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Posted by BowDownToLSU on 12/5 at 4:40 am to johnnydrama
Earl and Barry were great but Walter Payton was my favorite of all time


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Posted by oompaw on 12/5 at 7:12 am to contraryman
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I think I'd have to go with Jim Brown.


You and the majority...me included!



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Posted by yellowtiger on 12/5 at 7:13 am to BowDownToLSU
so the addiction did not occur until after his football career was over?

another amazing thing about Earl was that he was simply a running back----do you remember his basic inability to catch a football? how could that be?



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