Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
RB Earl Campbell
Maybe the greatest power runner of all time, Campell's career was relatively short (eight seasons, 115 games), but his impact was undeniable. "The Tyler Rose" became a legend for his brutish, initimidating running style that defined the Houston Oilers and his era.
They said it
"The Rams are still thinking they are playing Tony Dorsett!"
Jim Brown was in the broadcast booth (along with Vin Scully and George Allen) for the Week 4 game of Campbell's rookie year between the Oilers and Los Angeles Rams, who had just shut down Dorsett the week prior. Brown couldn't help his excitement following what was Campbell's signature run.
Surely you've seen it: Campbell took the toss sweep to the left, cut back hard inside and absolutely plants Rams linebacker Isiah Robertson, who was coming off four straight Pro Bowl appearances entering the 1978 season. Campbell buried his helmet into Robertson — that would be illegal today, but whatever — and knocked him back a yard and a half.
Of course, that wasn't the end of the run. Campbell ripped back inside, and the Rams' only way of taking him down was by tearing his jersey off his body. That was near the end of the tearaway jerseys — and the start of a brilliant career.
Only Eric Dickerson ran for more yards in his first four seasons combined than Campbell among all NFL backs since the NFL merger. Campbell's 55 TDs tied Dickerson for second-most among any back's first four seasons.
Did you know?
Campbell is still the only runner to have four 200-yard rushing games in one season in league history.
Campbell's four-TD outing against Don Shula's Miami Dolphins put him and the Oilers on the national scene in a Monday night game late in Campbell's rookie season. Two scores came in the fourth quarter as the Oilers wiped out a deficit and won, 35-30, in a huge game. Shula's Dolphins only allowed four or more rush TDs in a game four times in his 26 seasons there, and Campbell is the only inidividual to score all of them in a single contest against them.
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