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The Earl of east Texas

Before Heisman and NFL, Campbell had season of state high school lore in Tyler, Texas

Updated: November 22, 2011, 2:21 PM ET
By Jeff Miller | Special to ESPNDallas.com

Maybe running back Earl Campbell shouldn't have won the 1977 Heisman Trophy playing for Texas as a senior.

Maybe the fair thing would have been to send him straight to the NFL from high school, where he put on a phenomenal display leading the John Tyler Lions of Tyler, Texas, to a state football championship in 1973. Barry Switzer, Oklahoma's coach then, said he was ready.

The "Tyler Rose" ran for 1,184 yards through an unbeaten 10-game regular season as a high school senior in his ...

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