Derek Stingley?

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  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    el005639 Err on the side of freedom

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    six pack dan 16 team playoff advocate

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    Mine too
     
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    CajunlostinCali The Bionic Burro

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    I met Earl when I was 16 working at burger king. Dude had a class ring that fit around 2 normal fingers. Only one of his thighs was bigger than most people's waist. He was a freak of a human specimen.

    His health stories after the game were a tragedy, enough of an example where the league had to do something to pony up for players and their resulting health. His struggle was sad.
     
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    fanatic Evil Morty lives...

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    Bum Phillips certainly didn't do him any favors by running him 40+ times a game either.
     
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    When asked whether he worried about Campbell getting hurt from carrying the ball so much Bum said, "No. Why should I? The ball ain't heavy."

    Still, if Earl Campbell had done it any other way he wouldn't have been Earl Campbell. Just sorry that now he is paying such a heavy price for it.
     
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    fanatic Evil Morty lives...

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    I will say that Phillips wasn't the only one doing it. Having a featured back that carried the ball 30 or more times the game was the norm for that era.
     
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    Chipeace Country Roads Tiger

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    Hell of a weekend for a Tiger Football.
     
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    el005639 Err on the side of freedom

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    Bum cut his teeth with Bear Bryant. So the fact that he woudl do that is not a surprise.
     
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    After his falling out with the Cowboys, Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson spent some time with the Oilers. He said in his book that Campbell was a freak of nature who never trained or conditioned. Phillips would joke that Campbell "got up so slow" after a tackle "because he goes down so slow." Henderson said he got up so slow because he was so out of shape.
     
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