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My running style was kind of just head-on, because I couldn’t dance.
– Earl Campbell
There are two things panic patients hate to do. They hate to take medication – and they hate to go to doctors. They hate to come to grips.
I think one game we played the Oakland Raiders and Jack Tatum and I had an accident on the one-yard line. The only thing that Jack Tatum didn’t do was wrap me up so I backed into the endzone backwards.
Sometimes I pay for it, With the way I walk now, the things I did to my body wasn’t supposed to be done. At 48 years old, it is saying, ‘Hey, Earl, remember what you did to me?’.
When I was a kid and got in trouble, I’d always say, Mom, I’m in trouble. Well, Mom, I’m in trouble.
Coming up as a kid, I played middle linebacker and I was very bow-legged, and I wanted to be like the legendary Dick Butkus.
There had been talk about me getting involved with the new team in Houston. I don’t know if it’s something that will become a realization, but it would be something that I would love to do.
After watching films of Jim Brown, I noticed that he never ran out of bounds. He always ran North and South and that’s what I turned my style into. I was a North and South runner.
Emmitt Smith is a great running back. One of the things I like about him along with Edgerrin James is that neither one of them ‘show out’ when they run a touchdown.
I talk to student-athletes. I try to get them to remember that they’re not just athletes, but student-athletes. You need to get an education, keep your hands clean and try to represent the university.
I miss the guys. I don’t get to see them often. We do get together in Houston now and then.
I always knew that I wanted to do something in business and I prepared myself for that.
Pittsburgh was a great team. Coach Noll, Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, L.C. Greenwood and all those guys did a great job. That’s the team that kept us from winning two Super Bowls. It was a great rivalry.
I did some good things as a rookie.
I had two things I could do: I could run over you, and I could put a good stiff arm on you. That was about it.
I learned from different guys I played with, too. The key was probably three people: The good Lord, the offensive linemen I played with and great fullbacks that could block very well.
Our company sells about five to six million pounds of sausage a year. We sell it retail and to restaurants. We’ve got all kinds of products.
Everything in life has a price on it – there ain’t a damn thing free in America, and football has got a price on it.
First of all, I’m so glad that the city of Houston has a football team again. They have such great fans. I’m really happy for the people of Houston because they deserve a football team.
I have a company called Earl Campbell Foods. I got into the meat business in 1991.
Somebody will always break your records. It is how you live that counts.
It really started cooking when I moved to Houston. I bought a house and got my own barbeque pit.
I have a wife and two boys. One is 18 and the other is 14. The 18-year old is getting ready for college next year and he made a decision to run track. He runs a lot like Michael Johnson.
I try to get them to remember that they’re not just athletes, but student-athletes.