Jerry Campbell

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Jerry Campbell
Date of birth: (1944-07-14) July 14, 1944 (age 69)
Place of birth: Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: International
Position(s): LB
Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
College: Idaho
Organizations
As player:
1966-1968
1968-1975
1976
Calgary Stampeders
Ottawa Rough Riders
Calgary Stampeders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
CFL East All-Star: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
Career stats

Jerry "Soupy" Campbell (born July 14, 1944) is a former professional football player, a linebacker in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders (1966-1968) and the Ottawa Rough Riders (1968-1975).[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Binghamton, New York, Campbell played high school football for the Lewis and Clark Tigers in Spokane, Washington and graduated in 1962. He then played college football at the University of Idaho in Moscow, about 100 miles (160 km) south, and was a three-year starter for the Vandals on defense under head coaches Dee Andros and Steve Musseau.[2][3][4]

At Idaho, he was a roommate of future major league pitcher Bill Stoneman. Tired of spring football practice, Campbell tried out for the Vandal baseball team in 1965 on a whim and made the team as a back-up catcher and outfielder.[5][6]

Canadian Football League[edit]

Calgary[edit]

Campbell started his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1966.[3]

Ottawa[edit]

During his third year in the CFL, Campbell became a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders via a trade during the 1968 season. As an outside linebacker, he played next to middle linebacker Ken Lehmann up to 1971 and behind defensive end Billy Joe Booth up to 1970.

He was a savvy and quick linebacker, rarely blowing his assignment. As a result, Campbell was a CFL All-Star for seven straight years (1969 to 1975) for the Rough Riders and played a significant part on three Grey Cup championship teams for them, in 1968, 1969, and 1973.

Calgary: second time around[edit]

Campbell finished his CFL career where he started, in Calgary, but played only 2 games with the team in 1976.

Post-football honors[edit]

For his high level of play and consistency over many years, Campbell was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.[7]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snelgrove, Brian. "Jerry Campbell". CFL Scrapbook. Canadian Football League Fans WebRing. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  2. ^ Payne, Bob (November 19, 1965). "Spokane's Campbell, Boisen finish Vandal grid careers". Spokesman-Review. p. 19. 
  3. ^ a b "Jerry Campbell signs pro pact". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 22, 1966. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Football: fall 1965". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 187. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Ian (February 1, 1974). "Riders' Soupy Campbell recalls days he caught 'Stoney' and other hijinks". Montreal Gazette. p. 28. 
  6. ^ "1965 Baseball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 277. 
  7. ^ Canadian Football Hall of Fame. "Jerry (Soupy) Campbell". Retrieved 2011-04-15.