Randy Campbell

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Randy Campbell
Personal information
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Morgan County
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Randolph Campbell is a former American football player and coach. He is best known for his two years as Auburn University's starting quarterback where he set NCAA passing records and was the leader of the 1983 SEC Championship Tigers and the MVP of the 1982 Tangerine Bowl.

Early life[edit]

Randy Campbell was born in North Carolina. Campbell and his family moved to Hartselle, Alabama when Campbell was in the second grade where he attending Hartselle Elementary School.[citation needed] He went to Morgan County High School, now known as Hartselle High School. Campbell was the starting quarterback for several years at Morgan County High School.[1]

College career[edit]

Campbell played under Coach Pat Dye as the starting quarterback during the 1982 and 1983 seasons.[2] Other standouts on those teams were Bob Harris, David Jordan, Al Del Greco, Tommie Agee, Lionel "Little Train" James, John "Jay" Jacobs and Ben Thomas. The 1982 season is highlighted with the victory over state rival the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant after a nine-year losing streak. Campbell then led the Tigers to a victory over Boston College in the Tangerine Bowl.[3][4]

Campbell was named Most Valuable Player in that game where two future Heisman Trophy winners played as well; Vincent "Bo" Jackson (Auburn University) and Doug Flutie (Boston College).[5] As Team Captain in 1983, Campbell led the Tigers to a consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide finishing the year 11–1.[6][7][8]

Coaching career[edit]

After working with a sports marketing firm in Atlanta following his graduation, he was hired as a student assistant coach with the North Alabama Lions football team in 1988. The following season, he was promoted to a full-time assistant. In 1990, Campbell was hired as an offensive coordinator of the Lions.[9] In 1992, he returned to Auburn University as the Tigers' offensive coordinator.[10]

Entrepreneurship and philanthropy[edit]

Campbell has served as a member on Auburn University Foundation board since 2014. The foundation board is responsible for oversight of Auburn University's endowment. He chaired the membership committee which is responsible for identifying and recruiting eminently qualified Auburn alumni to serve on the foundation board. His tenure concluded in 2022.[citation needed]

From 1995 to 2000 Campbell was Auburn Network (Television) color analyst for football coverage.[citation needed]

Campbell is a cancer survivor and gives to cancer research and various cancer related Alabama charities.[citation needed]


  1. ^ David Elwell (1 July 2020). "Randy Campbell, 1978 alum, reflects on Hartselle athletics". Hartselle Enquire. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  2. ^ Marshall, Phillip (2020-06-01). "'He told us we were going to be champions:' Dye remembered". 247Sports. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  3. ^ "Auburn's Campbell won Tangerine war". The Selma Times-Journal. API. 20 December 1982. Retrieved 6 January 2024 – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon
  4. ^ Goldberg, Charles (2009-08-27). "Former Auburn QB Randy Campbell nominated to become university trustee". AL.com. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  5. ^ Gunter, Stephen (2018-11-21). "How the Iron Bowl's longest streaks came to an end". WSFA. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  6. ^ Elwell, David (2020-07-02). "Randy Campbell, 1978 alum, reflects on Hartselle athletics". The Hartselle Enquirer. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  7. ^ Deal, Nathan (2011-03-18). "Auburn Tigers Football: Top 12 Quarterbacks in War Eagle History". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  8. ^ "1983 Auburn at Alabama". College Football Belt. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  9. ^ "UNA names Campbell offensive coordinator". Birmingham Post-Herald. 31 March 1990. p. D4. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  10. ^ Celeste E. Wittaker (29 July 1992). "Offensive coordinator has Dye's confidence". The Atlanta Journal. p. C2. Retrieved 6 January 2024 – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon