Football legend Earl Campbell has returned to the field with the goal of stopping multiple scerlosis.
A former running back for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints, Campbell, along with his son, Tyler, who was diagnosed with MS in 2007, has joined forces with the Society and the Pro Player Foundation to raise awareness and funds for the Society's Scholarship Program using creative events such as a gourmet venture called "The Flavors of Austin."
Like his father, Tyler, 24, was a running back playing for San Diego State University. Since his diagnosis four years ago, Tyler has become an active Society ambassador in his home state of Texas and is passionate about raising awareness of the disease. “I view my MS diagnosis as a blessing,” he said. “I now have the opportunity to share my experience to help others living with this disease and make an impact on the MS community.”
"As a father, I am proud to rally behind my son and join his fight to find a cure," Earl said. A Pro Football Hall of Fame member, he was one of the most powerful runners in National Football League history. Although the gridiron star rushed for more than 1,000 yards in five of his first six seasons, his finest season came in 1980, when the former Heisman Trophy winner ran for an incredible 1,934 yards, the second best rushing performance in pro football history at the time. Former Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer once called Earl Campbell “the greatest player that ever suited up.”
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