The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award
Earl Campbell, known as the “Tyler Rose,” is a football legend and one of the most revered and feared running backs of his time. He played college football for The University of Texas, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977, becoming UT’s first recipient of the award. He earned unanimous All-America honors his senior college season and was the first recipient of the Davey O’Brien Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding player in the Southwest Conference. He finished his college career with 4,443 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in 40 games over four seasons.
He entered the National Football League (NFL) in 1979 after being drafted first overall by the Houston Oilers and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Campbell was named Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player by various entities in each of his first three seasons with the Oilers, during which he rushed for 5,081 yards and scored 45 touchdowns.
Campbell is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jersey number is retired by The University of Texas and the Tennessee Titans. He still actively participates in University of Texas Athletics, where he serves as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. He now resides in Austin and generously devotes his time to raise awareness on Multiple Sclerosis and higher education opportunities. He and his wife Reuna have two sons, Christian and Tyler and one grandson, Messiah.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award is presented annually to the nation’s outstanding Division I college offensive player who meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. Born in Texas; 2. Graduated from a Texas high school; or 3. Played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year college. The player must also exhibit the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell, including integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, community, and tenacity – Specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.