I was surfing the web Wednesday night after finishing off another episode of ‘How I Met Your Mother’, which is the greatest show of all-time for those of you who haven’t seen it, when I jumped over to BloggingDirty.
Normally if I were visiting a website with the words “Blogging” and “Dirty” in the URL at around midnight, well………needless to say………. it isn’t a football related website. In this case however, BloggingDirty is a popular Atlanta Falcons Blog featuring Lead Blogger Troy Heinzman.
He wrote an interesting article about the NFL’s recently released ‘Top 75 Draft Selections of All-Time’. I took a peak at the list and noticed only Earl Campbell representing the Oilers/Titans franchise at spot #40.
At that point I started to think more about ‘The Tyler Rose’, as Campbell was known. Campbell was a Heisman Trophy winning Texas Longhorn who may have very well been the origin of the ‘don’t mess with Texas’ motto.
We drafted Campbell with the first overall pick in the 1978 draft and he didn’t disappoint, winning the award for being the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1979. Campbell was a brilliant combination of speed and power in that he could run past defenders or right over the top of them if they preferred. His statistics and personal accolades are plenty, and I won’t list them all because they are beside the point.
The NFL Draft is a beautiful thing. Let’s take a small break from evaluating the potential of the players we selected last weekend and give a shout-out to the ‘The Tyler Rose.”
We live in an age of primadonna athletes who are incredibly talented and incredibly lazy in many cases. Get your hands on some footage of Earl Campbell running the ball and I dare you to find a carry that he didn’t run as if it was his last. He gave his all to this organization and is paying the price in his later years with severe physical ailments related to his football career.
Earl Campbell is a great Houston Oiler/Tennessee Titan, let’s not forget him.