Earl Campbell Wrecks Fools, Defenders, and Apparently Other Cars

Former Texas Longhorn and Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Early Campbell was involved in an auto wreck Sunday. There's not much else we can add, but they say he's a-ok:

Campbell, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back for the Texas Longhorns before a Hall of Fame career in the NFL, was driving eastbound on Interstate 20 near Tyler when his car left the road about 1 p.m. Sunday, according to the Smith County sheriff's office. An ambulance took Campbell to a Tyler hospital.

An assistant to Campbell told the American-Statesman that the 52-year-old has returned to Austin, is doing well and plans to participate in activities when the Heisman Winners Association meets here beginning Thursday night.

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This is one of those sad moments in life where fantasy collides with reality. Campbell was famous for trucking and plowing over the gnat-like presence of defenders during his college and NFL career. Automobiles, however, can do a bit more damage than the seemingly indestructible Campbell. I'm recalling something about force, mass and acceleration and middle school science here.

At least he's alright.

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