From “Hook ’em Horns” to “Luv Ya Blue,” Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell heard enthusiastic rallying cries throughout his distinguished career as a college and professional athlete. On Saturday April 12, 2014, long-time fans gathered at Reliant Center during Westbury Christian School’s annual Charlie Ward Tribute to Excellence gala to express their appreciation to Campbell for the excitement he fueled and the example he set, on and off the field.
Tribute to Excellence guests heard Campbell describe his amazing journey from the “Tyler Rose” to an NFL Hall of Famer. They also supported a cause that will have a significant impact on the future of Houston and beyond, helping educate students and athletes of character and distinction. Since 2010, the Charlie Ward Tribute to Excellence, named for the Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA player, has recognized men of distinction, commitment and faith while benefiting the work of Westbury Christian School, where Ward has mentored and ministered to students as coach of the WCS Wildcat football team for several years.
All proceeds from the 2014 Tribute to Excellence will support the Beyond the Vision capital campaign to help WCS expand and develop its West Campus – a former YMCA – in southwest Houston to grow the academic, spiritual life and student activities programs it offers young men and women who have the potential to be as respected and influential in their personal and professional lives as Campbell has been in his.
2014 Honoree – Earl Campbell
Earl Campbell is one of the most prolific running backs to ever play college or professional football. Graduating from the University of Texas in 1977 after winning the Heisman Trophy, he was the number one draft pick by the Houston Oilers and was voted Rookie of the Year, as well as Most Valuable Player, in his first year in the NFL.
By the end of his professional football career he had amassed 9,407 yards rushing, 806 yards receiving, 74 total touchdowns, and 10,213 total yards. He ranks tenth for all-time rushing yards in the NFL and has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated six times.