They had two different styles carrying the ball. Barry Sanders ran around people; Earl Campbell ran through them.
They also had two different lives after football. Sanders retired early long before his body burned out; Campbell wasn’t as fortunate. It is stunning to see the one-time beast in a football uniform struggle to walk.
The careers and lives of both legends are examined in two new documentaries. Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story, produced by Ross Greenburg, airs tonight at 11 p.m. (ET) on NBC Network. Wednesday, Sanders is the latest subject of A Football Life on NFL Network at 8 p.m. ET.
Here’s the rundown on both films. Highly recommended.
NBC Sports Network presents Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story, a riveting documentary about one of the greatest running backs
So when I was approached during Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 about having lunch with Steve Sabol, I jumped at the opportunity. I looked forward to discussing football, the upcoming game between the Giants and Baltimore in Tampa, and film making, most definitely film making, with the famed president of NFL Films.
Now my memory is a bit foggy, but I’m fairly sure we initially started by talking about art museums. Yes, art museums.
Sabol loved going to art museums in towns he visited, and he was interested in what Tampa had to offer.
I’m not from Tampa and hardly an art expert. But thanks to my parents living in Sarasota, I was able to tell him about the Ringling Art Museum. I had been there once. All I … Continue Reading