Former Georgia defensive tackle Marion Campbell, who went on to a playing career in the NFL and later became head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, has died at age 87 in Plano, Texas, the Eagles confirmed.
“Marion Campbell will be missed by the Eagles community, but also remembered for his spirited impact on our game,” Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Like Chuck Bednarik, he was a great two-way player during a special era in NFL history. He played with the type of toughness that our town so deeply admires.”
Campbell was an All-SEC pick in each of his three seasons with the team (1949-51), then was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1952. He spent two years in San Francisco before being traded to the Eagles, spending six seasons in Philadelphia where he came an All-Pro and won the 1960 NFL title before later beginning a coaching career.
Campbell had a hand in working with some of the greatest defensive lines in NFL history, guiding the Minnesota Vikings “Purple People Eaters” and coaching the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s.
As a defensive coordinator with the Eagles, he helped lead the team to Super Bowl XV, then became the team’s head coach in 1983 after Dick Vermeil resigned.
Campbell had two stints as Falcons head coach, serving in that role from 1974-76 and 1987-89.
He ended his coaching career at his alma mater in 1994, serving as defensive coordinator.
Campbell is survived by his wife, Ilda June Roberts Campbell, and his two children and their spouses, among many others.