by Jeff Schreve

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Who is My Neighbor? (3 of 6)
Series: Back on Track
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Luke 10

He was born on March 29, 1955 in Tyler, Texas. He was the 6th of 11 children. His mother named him Earl. Earl was really good at football. He won a state championship in 1973 in high school. He got a college scholarship to the University of Texas. In 1977, Earl Christian Campbell won the Heisman Trophy. He was 5?11", 233 lbs. He had 34" thighs. And he ran a 4-5-40. He was incredible. Earl Campbell was a number one draft pick for the Houston Oilers. He had an incredible career with the Houston Oilers. And I was in Houston when Earl came. And man those were the Love Ya Blue days, and it was exciting. And Bum Philips was the coach. And we had a little saying, "Ain't no gamble. Give the ball to Campbell." And then we just kind of had that
kind of a team. It's like, what shall we do? Give it to Campbell. He's incredible.

Cliff Harris, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, said, "When you tackled Earl Campbell, you closed your eyes and hoped that he didn't break your helmet." That's the kind of guy Earl was. They asked Bum Philips, his coach, they said, "Do you think Earl is in a class all by himself?" He said, "I don't know about that, but I know it doesn't take long to call the roll."

You know, in 1980, Earl had his best year - 1934 yards. He averaged over 5 yards a carry. He led the league in rushing. And he said this: "If there is one thing I love to do it's to play football, but I know it's not a one-man show." He knew that he needed his offensive linemen. He relied on other people to make him successful. And he so knew that he depended on his offensive linemen that in 1980 he bought each one of his offensive lineman an18-carat gold Rolex to show his appreciation. See, he knew that football's a team game. He needed those guys and they needed him, and it worked as a team.

Did you know that life is a team game? We need each other. You need me ...

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