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4 hours ago, Eggo said:

Love Earl, but being a relatively new football fan (when I moved to Texas in 2011), I find it interesting how often commentators mention his size. 220 pounds is right about average in the NFL these days, and I never hear Adrian Peterson get lauded for his size. Were players smaller on average back then? I can't find any size comparisons over the years. 

The starting offensive line for the 1978 Houston Oilers

6'6", 265 lbs
6'4", 263 lbs
6'4", 243 lbs
6'3", 249 lbs
6'3", 264 lbs

Average weight - 256.8 lbs

Earl Campbell - 5'11", 232 lbs

An equivalent running back for the 2018 Houston Texans (25 pounds lighter than their average OL) would weigh 283 pounds.

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3 hours ago, blutow said:

 RB's haven't gotten much bigger, but OL's in the 70's and  early 80's were tiny by today's standards.  Average would certainly be under 275, probably closer to 260.    

There were other backs the size of the Earl in his day, but nobody with the speed and punishing running style.  

 

The game itself was in transition in the 70s and 80s.  The OL on option teams tended to much lighter than power or passing teams. OL in a wishbone offense were expected to block, scrape and run to the third level if possible. 

In the 1977 game against ND, ND looked like an NFL roster compared to the size of the UT linemen.... or at least that's what I thought at the time. 

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Help... Going thru pics..... remembered Earl wearing #20 at Texas and #34 for Luv Ya Blue but could not remember why??

Maybe #20 already taken for Oilers??

Also wonder if any significance for selecting #20 at Texas, and #34 at Oilers??

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Bill Currier a backup defensive back already had #20. Earl being Earl refused to take someone else’s number. I don’t recall #34 having any special significance, but it did work out in that it meant the greatest Houston pro athlete in every sport wore #34

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4 minutes ago, NeverMarryAStripper said:

Bill Currier a backup defensive back already had #20. Earl being Earl refused to take someone else’s number. I don’t recall #34 having any special significance, but it did work out in that it meant the greatest Houston pro athlete in every sport wore #34

 

 

 

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Starting at the 3:00 minute mark in the Earl highlight video. That run against the Rams where he lowers his head and knocks seven shades of shit out of the linebacker, and just sheds people, losing his jersey as well....will always make my bollocks tingle.

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Bill Currier a backup defensive back already had #20. Earl being Earl refused to take someone else’s number. I don’t recall #34 having any special significance, but it did work out in that it meant the greatest Houston pro athlete in every sport wore #34


IIRC, Currier offered to sell Earl his number for like 10-20k but Earl refused. Not surprising from a guy who grew up with just a tad more than nothing and was still driving a mid-60’s Buick Le Sabre. Today’s generation of players should be so humble and wise with their new-found money.

God bless Earl Campbell.

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On 1/24/2019 at 11:50 PM, Huckleberry said:

The starting offensive line for the 1978 Houston Oilers

6'6", 265 lbs
6'4", 263 lbs
6'4", 243 lbs
6'3", 249 lbs
6'3", 264 lbs

Average weight - 256.8 lbs

Earl Campbell - 5'11", 232 lbs

An equivalent running back for the 2018 Houston Texans (25 pounds lighter than their average OL) would weigh 283 pounds.

That must not have lasted long. When Munchak, Matthews, Steinkuhler and Dawson played together in 1990 (Earl left in 84) Doug was told that he wouldn't start unless he weighed 300. BTW, all 4 of those guys played at significantly lighter weights in college than in the pros.

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On March 29, 2019 at 12:38 PM, Dennis Taylor said:

Happy 64th to the baddest one to ever do it

Earl.jpg

 

si12577.jpg

earlcampbelltexas.jpg?w=300&h=287

'member that SI cover. Still cool.

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On 1/24/2019 at 3:24 PM, Soldierhorn said:

agree. My top three of all time are Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, and Bo Jackson. 

Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Sweetness.

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3 hours ago, NeverMarryAStripper said:

Altuve has a long way to go to deserve to wear 34 in Houston

Altuve delivered a title. Nolan didn't deliver jack shit but strikeouts. If Nolan wasn't a good ol country farm boy he wouldn't be nearly as iconic in Texas

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3 hours ago, Rhyners said:

Altuve delivered a title. Nolan didn't deliver jack shit but strikeouts. If Nolan wasn't a good ol country farm boy he wouldn't be nearly as iconic in Texas

Nolan was not an everyday player and rarely contributed offensively.

Nolan is, and should be, a legend.

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On ‎5‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 11:27 PM, Red Five said:


He does. At least 20 years younger.

He was a client of mine 20 years ago, and he looks worlds better today.  He was still having bad health issues when I knew him.

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nolan ryan 90s GIF

5 hours ago, Rhyners said:

Altuve delivered a title. Nolan didn't deliver jack shit but strikeouts. If Nolan wasn't a good ol country farm boy he wouldn't be nearly as iconic in Texas

lucious lyon wtf GIFblink 182 wtf GIFjack black wtf GIF

Edited by Dennis Taylor

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Image result for Altuve 34

Altuve will make the #27 the next famous number in Houston after #34.

Edited by UDontKnow

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Have you Houston folks put a statue of Michael Jordan in a baseball uniform in front of your basketball arena yet? If not you should. Got damn that was a gift.

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Have you Houston folks put a statue of Michael Jordan in a baseball uniform in front of your basketball arena yet? If not you should. Got damn that was a gift.


Prime Hakeem had a winning record against Jordan’s Bulls. Cassell and Horry brought fresh blood to that team.

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11 hours ago, markstanco said:

Have you Houston folks put a statue of Michael Jordan in a baseball uniform in front of your basketball arena yet? If not you should. Got damn that was a gift.

conan obrien GIF by Team Coco

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1 hour ago, The Earl of Texas said:

campbell earl GIF

Like this guy

My favorite gif of any kind, of any time, from anywhere...and it's not even close.

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12 minutes ago, SHOOTER12 said:

My favorite gif of any kind, of any time, from anywhere...and it's not even close.

And that is a future starting NFL player Earl carried 5 yards.

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15 hours ago, The Earl of Texas said:

campbell earl GIF

Like this guy

So awesome that even Isiah Robertson felt for that dude. 

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13 hours ago, SHOOTER12 said:

My favorite gif of any kind, of any time, from anywhere...and it's not even close.

I tried for a long time to make this my gif/avatar on the old site and could never get it to work. My favorite as well.

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1 hour ago, tbone_ said:

Who was it?

Mike Downs, Rice

Quote

Downs graduated from Rice in '81 and made the Dallas Cowboys' roster that summer as an undrafted free agent. He played free safety in the NFL for nine seasons, eight of them for the Cowboys. He recorded 35 career interceptions, scored three defensive touchdowns and went to the playoffs four times. These days, he works in real estate in Dallas.

http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/story/_/page/neumann%2F091002/sportCat/ncf

 

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I think remember him. Was he in the same backfield as Everson Walls?
Well if that dude played for the cowboys in all of the 80s then yes, he played with Walls. Grambling State Holla.

Walls had some rookie record at the time for most INTs, may still have it

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I seem to recall him and Everson Walls coming in at the same time and replacing Charlie Waters and Cliff Harris but I could be wrong about that.

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On 5/28/2019 at 7:12 PM, The Earl of Texas said:

campbell earl GIF

Like this guy

I wish we could go back to the days when the officials would excitedly and emphatically fling their arms up and jump into the air to signal a touchdown. You barely see them flinch nowadays. 

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