Eskimos to Honour Legend on Sunday
(Edmonton) - When the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Calgary Stampeders this Sunday, June 11 (5 p.m. kickoff) the Green and Gold will honour Hugh Campbell's induction into the City of Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame.
Campbell will be available to media on Sunday at 4 p.m. on field level at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Please gather at the bottom of Section C at 3:50 p.m.
The legendary Eskimos head coach, general manager and president/CEO will be formally inducted the following day at the City of Edmonton's Salute to Excellence Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. The free event, open to the public begins at 7:30 p.m.
Campbell has been inducted into 12 Hall of Fames, from Los Gatos High School in San Jose, California, to the City of Edmonton.
At Washington State University, he was considered one of football's great pass receivers. Known as "The Phantom of the Palouse," he caught 66 passes as a sophomore and received the Voit Memorial Trophy for outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast.
As a Saskatchewan Roughrider, "Gluey Hughy" set a career high of 1,329 receiving yards and caught a career-high 17 touchdown receptions. He helped the team to three consecutive Grey Cup appearances, including the 1966 championship.
Campbell began his head coaching career at Whitworth College in Spokane.
In Edmonton, he led the Eskimos to five consecutive Grey Cup championships (1978-1982). His 0.729 winning percentage is the best in CFL history. He received the Annis Stukus Trophy as Coach of the Year in 1979.
After three years coaching in the United States Football League and National Football League in the mid-80s, he returned to the Eskimos as general manager. In 1997, he became president and CEO, a post he held until his retirement in 2006.
Campbell is well known for his compassion and impact as a person by those who have worked with him.
Campbell's legacy with the Eskimos included thousands of volunteer hours donated by players and Eskimo Alumni. Campbell and his wife Louise helped to create or sustain Kids With Cancer, Ronald McDonald House, the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters and the Eskimo/Oilers Carnival of Champions. Campbell was notably successful in having words added to the Alberta Marriage License with the intent of recognizing and preventing abuse.
Hugh often quoted a line he first heard in college. "It's amazing how much a group of people can accomplish when none of them care about who gets the credit."
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