Jerry Campbell

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Jerry Campbell
No. 54
Born:(1944-07-14)July 14, 1944
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Died:August 9, 2017(2017-08-09) (aged 73)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL status American
Position(s) LB
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
College Idaho
High school Spokane (WA) Lewis & Clark
Career history
As player
19661968 Calgary Stampeders
19681975 Ottawa Rough Riders
1976 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

Gerald "Soupy" Campbell (July 14, 1944 – August 9, 2017) was a professional football player, a linebacker in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders (1966–1968) and the Ottawa Rough Riders (1968–1975).

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Early years

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 one hundred miles (160 km) south, and was a three-year starter for the Vandals on defense under head coaches Dee Andros and Steve Musseau. [1] [2] [3]

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. [4] [5]

Canadian Football League

Calgary

Campbell started his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1966. [2]

Ottawa

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

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

Post-football honors

For his high level of play and consistency over many years, Campbell was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1996. [6]

Death

Campbell died of a heart attack on August 9, 2017 in Toronto, aged 73. He also had Alzheimer’s disease in his later years. [7]

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References

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