Marion Campbell

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Marion Campbell
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Campbell on a 1955 Bowman football card
Position: Defensive lineman
Personal information
Birth name: Francis Marion Campbell
Date of birth: (1929-05-25)May 25, 1929
Place of birth: Chester, South Carolina, United States
Date of death: July 13, 2016(2016-07-13) (aged 87)
Place of death: Plano, Texas, United States
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL draft: 1952 / Round: 4 / Pick: 46
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Atlanta Falcons (1969–1974)
    (defensive coordinator)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1974–1976)
    (head coach)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1977–1982)
    (defensive coordinator)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1983–1985)
    (head coach)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1987–1989)
    (head coach)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (1993)
    (defensive coordinator)
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl honors in 1959 and 1960
  • 1st team All-Pro in 1960
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 34–80–1
Postseason: 0-0
Career: 34–80–1
Coaching stats at PFR

Francis Marion Campbell (May 25, 1929 – July 13, 2016) was an American football defensive lineman and coach. Campbell played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949 until 1951, where he was appropriately nicknamed "Swamp Fox." During his National Football league (NFL) playing career, Campbell played for the San Francisco 49ers (1954–1955) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1956–1961), winning Pro Bowl honors in 1959 and 1960 and also being named 1st team All-Pro in 1960 as part of the Eagles' championship team that year. He was one of the last of the NFL's "two-way" players who played all offensive and defensive snaps in a game.

Campbell was head coach of both the Atlanta Falcons (twice) and Philadelphia Eagles as well as the defensive coordinator for each team separate from his times as their head coach. He also served as defensive line coach for the Boston Patriots (1962–1963), Minnesota Vikings (1964–1966), and the Los Angeles Rams (1967–1968). He was an expert in the 3–4 defense; his Philadelphia Eagles defenses ranked first in the league in points allowed in 1980 and 1981, and second and first in yards allowed in those same years. Campbell has the third lowest winning percentage among head coaches who have coached more than three seasons in the NFL. The only coaches behind him are Bert Bell and David Shula. Campbell spent the 1994 season as the defensive coordinator for his alma mater Georgia Bulldogs. [1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish
ATL 1974 1 5 0 .167 4th in NFC West
ATL 1975 4 10 0 .286 3rd in NFC West
ATL 1976 1 4 0 .200 3rd in NFC West
PHI 1983 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC East
PHI 1984 6 9 1 .400 5th in NFC East
PHI 1985 6 9 0 .400 4th in NFC East
ATL 1987 3 12 0 .200 4th in NFC West
ATL 1988 5 11 0 .313 4th in NFC West
ATL 1989 3 9 0 .250 4th in NFC West
Total[2] 34 80 1 .300

Personal life[edit]

Campbell spent two years in the United States Army between college and the NFL. He lived in St. Augustine, Florida with his wife, the former June Roberts. The Campbells have two children: a daughter, Alicia Johnson, and a son, Scott.[3] In 2013, Campbell fell and broke multiple vertebrae in his neck.[4] On July 13, 2016, Campbell died. [5]


  1. ^ "Elsewhere". ALAN SCHMADTKE The Orlando Sentinel. 1993-12-07. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  2. ^ Marion Campbell Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -
  3. ^ "Everybody's All-American". Gene Asher. August 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Former Falcons coach recovering from broken neck". Loran Smith, Albany Herald. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  5. ^

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