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Tyler street named for Earl Campbell


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TYLER, TX - At a special meeting held March 24, 2010, the Tyler City Council voted unanimously to rename the extension of New Sunnybrook Drive to Earl Campbell Parkway in honor of the native Tylerite. 

The new Earl Campbell Parkway will extend from Frankston Highway (SH 155) to the west approximately 1.60 miles to Loop 323, then eventually west and north-west approximately 1.93 miles ending at Chandler Highway (SH 31). 

"We are so proud that we could honor Earl Campbell in this way," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.  "His legendary contributions are something the entire community can be proud of."

The purpose of changing the street name is to honor a Tyler native, former NFL football player, and Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. The name change will become effective upon the opening of the new extension of the road to Loop 323.  The tentative completion date for the project is summer 2012.

"Earl Campbell has been an inspiration to the community because he has shown that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible," added Mayor Pro Tem Donald Sanders.  "He has inspired the youth of this community to reach for their dreams."

Background on the Tyler Rose - Earl Christian Campbell

Known as the "Tyler Rose," Earl Christian Campbell was born on March 29, 1955, in Tyler, Texas, to Bert and Ann Campbell.  Earl is the sixth of 11 children and growing up in Tyler, Texas, he attended Dogan Middle School, Moore Junior High School and John Tyler High School.

While in high school, Campbell played football under Corky Nelson and was acknowledged as an All-American Middle Linebacker.  In his junior and senior years, Campbell started shining as a running back.  During his senior season, he led his team, the John Tyler Lions, to the 1973 Texas State Championship.  He was also named an All-American Running Back and rushed for more then 2,224 yards.

After high school, Campbell was heavily recruited by leading football programs.   Ultimately he signed with the University of Texas under the leadership of Coach Royal.  He received many honors while playing for Texas, however, the shining moment was being awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1977.  This was the first time a University of Texas player had received the Heisman—and Campbell did it by rushing for 1,744 yards.

Campbell was a first round National Football League draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1978.  He was voted Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in his first season.  He then returned to the University of Texas to graduate with a bachelor's degree in speech communication.  While with the Oilers, Campbell became a legend.

In 1980, Campbell was traded to the New Orleans Saints and it was here that he finished his professional career.  In 1986, he retired from the NFL with an astonishing career 9,407 yard rushing, 806 yards receiving, 74 touchdowns and 10,213 total yards.

In 1991, Campbell was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is a prominent businessman and enjoys spending time with his wife Ruena Smith Campbell and his two sons, Earl Christian Campbell II and Tyler Christian Campbell.

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