Four Earl Campbell SI Covers to Remember His Greatness

Anyone old enough to remember the Luv Ya Blue days of the Houston Oilers (hell, a lot of you probably don't remember the Houston Oilers!) likely remembers very specific things like Bum Phillips, the rally in the Astrodome, Dan Pastorini and the AFC title games in Pittsburgh. But, above all else, you remember Earl Campbell.

The number 34 in Houston sits in some pretty rarefied air, used by Campbell, Nolan Ryan and Hakeem Olajuwon. Campbell's stint in the NFL and with the Oilers was an unfortunately short one, but his best seasons were about as remarkable as you will ever see.

This week, Sports Illustrated features Campbell on its cover for a "where are they now" issue. It is the fourth time the Tyler Rose has been featured on the SI cover. It seemed only right to show them all off.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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