SPORTS & RECREATION

Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact

Univ. of Texas. Sept. 2019. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9781477316498. $27.95. SPORTS
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Earl Campbell (b. 1955) is considered one of the best running backs in football history, making a name for himself at the University of Texas, then spending most of his professional career with the Houston Oilers before retiring with the New Orleans Saints. Despite these accomplishments, not much has been written about him. Austin American-Statesman reporter Price aims to fill in some of the gaps with this comprehensive biography, offering insight from the people closest to Campbell. What sets this account apart are the abundance of historical details about the areas where Campbell grew up and played football, which make it dense at times, but these details put Campbell’s life and upbringing into context.
VERDICT Will appeal to readers wishing to learn more about Campbell and this era of both college and professional sports as well as Texas history.

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