Gerald "Soupy" Campbell (July 14, 1944 – August 9, 2017) was a professional football player, a linebacker in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders (1966–1968) and the Ottawa Rough Riders (1968–1975).
July 14, 1944|
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
|Died:||August 9, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|1968–1975||Ottawa Rough Riders|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975|
|CFL East All-Star||1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975|
Born in Binghamton, New York, Campbell played high school football for the Lewis and Clark Tigers in Spokane, Washington and graduated in 1962. He then played college football at the University of Idaho in Moscow, about 100 miles (160 km) south, and was a three-year starter for the Vandals on defense under head coaches Dee Andros and Steve Musseau.
At Idaho, he was a roommate of future major league pitcher Bill Stoneman. Tired of spring football practice, Campbell tried out for the Vandal baseball team in 1965 on a whim and made the team as a back-up catcher and outfielder.
Canadian Football LeagueEdit
During his third year in the CFL, Campbell became a member of the Ottawa Rough Riders via a trade during the 1968 season. As an outside linebacker, he played next to middle linebacker Ken Lehmann up to 1971 and behind defensive end Billy Joe Booth up to 1970.
He was a savvy and quick linebacker, rarely blowing his assignment. As a result, Campbell was a CFL All-Star for seven straight years (1969 to 1975) for the Rough Riders and played a significant part on three Grey Cup championship teams for them, in 1968, 1969, and 1973.
Calgary: second time aroundEdit
Campbell finished his CFL career where he started, in Calgary, but played only 2 games with the team in 1976.
- Payne, Bob (November 19, 1965). "Spokane's Campbell, Boisen finish Vandal grid careers". Spokesman-Review. p. 19.
- "Jerry Campbell signs pro pact". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 22, 1966. p. 15.
- "Football: fall 1965". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 187.
- MacDonald, Ian (February 1, 1974). "Riders' Soupy Campbell recalls days he caught 'Stoney' and other hijinks". Montreal Gazette. p. 28.
- "1965 Baseball". Gem of the Mountains, University of Idaho yearbook. 1965. p. 277.
- Canadian Football Hall of Fame. "Jerry (Soupy) Campbell". Retrieved 2011-04-15.
- So long, Soupy: Ex-Rough Rider Campbell dies