I spent many a Sunday with my Dad watching the extraordinary Earl Campbell in the Luv Ya Blue! era of the Houston Oilers' franchise. His combination of speed and power was astonishing. Earl made me want to become a professional football player, a dream my parents never even tried to talk me out of.
Since his pro ball days, Campbell has suffered from debilitating injuries and eventually found himself on the wrong side of a painkiller addiction. But now, with help from his sons, he is sober, cool as ever, and smiling once again.
View the video of Earl Campbell talking about his addiction here.