How often do you get the chance to meet a Heisman Trophy and Three-time NFL Most Valuable Player winner without leaving Clear Lake?
Answer until now was never. But Saturday, September 17 Earl Campbell, the greatest player in Houston — if not Texas — football history, visits Baybrook Mall to meet and great his fellow football fans at Fiterman Sports Memorabilia.
Since his January opening in Baybrook Mall’s new outside expansion, Ryan Fiterman has brought a stable of sports legends to town for personal appearances in his new store. And the fun continues this month, when Campbell makes a public appearance at Fiterman Sports Memorabilia (at 700 Baybrook Mall, across from Forever 21 and Zara) at 3pm Saturday, September 17. Autograph tickets are on sale now and will be available at the event along with unsigned Campbell merchandise. Also available are opportunities to take your picture with the Grid Iron Legend.
Born in Tyler, Texas and often called the Tyler Rose, Campbell was a standout at Texas high school powerhouse and named “Mr. Football USA” as the national player of the year. Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, who was unsuccessful recruiting Campbell to the University of Oklahoma, later wrote in his book that Campbell was the “only player ever saw who could have gone straight from high school to the NFL and immediately become a star.” Campbell enjoyed a standout college career at the University of Texas (1974-77) and finished his senior season with the 1977 Heisman Trophy, an unanimous All-American selection and every other honor available.
He was drafted first overall by the Houston Oilers in 1979 and had an immediate impact in the league, earning NFL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors. Campbell was named Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player by various entities in each of his first three seasons, during which he rushed for 5,081 yards and scored 45 touchdowns. He would go on to play for seven seasons and is widely considered one of the best running backs in NFL history.
Career Highlights and Awards
- 5× Pro Bowl (1978–1981, 1983)
- 3× First-team All-Pro (1978–1980)
- 3× NFL Most Valuable Player (1978–1980)
- 3× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1978–1980)
- Bert Bell Award (1979)
- AFC Offensive Player of the Year (1978)
- NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1978)
- 3× NFL rushing yards leader (1978–1980)
- 2× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1979, 1980)
- Tennessee Titans No. 34 retired
- Heisman Trophy (1977)
- Chic Harley Award (1977)
- UPI College Player of the Year (1977)
- Sporting News College Player of the Year (1977)
- 2× First-team All-American (1975, 1977)
- Texas Longhorns No. 20 retired
Campbell was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1990
Campbell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1991