Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell was declared a state hero when Governor Bill Clements signed House Concurrent Resolution No. 20 on May 12, 1981. Perhaps in a somewhat silly effort to keep him with a Texas franchise, the concurrent resolution also "demands that his football career remain based in Texas."
Highlights of Earl Campbell's football career:
H. C. R. No. 20
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, Earl Campbell's exploits on the gridiron and his exemplary personal qualities have made him a source of great pride for the citizens of this state; and
WHEREAS, Throughout his illustrious football career, he has entertained and thrilled Texans: first, on the high school level in Tyler; then, at The University of Texas at Austin, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1977; and now with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League; and
WHEREAS, N.F.L. Rookie of the Year in 1978, Earl Campbell has been the league's leading rusher in each of his three years with the Oilers and has amassed almost 5,000 rushing yards during his professional career; and
WHEREAS, For the second consecutive year, the Texas Sports Writers Association has named him Pro Athlete of the year; and
WHEREAS, Earl Campbell has earned an enthusiastic following of fans from across the state and is an inspiration to many young Texans; and
WHEREAS, If because of a trade, Earl Campbell were to become a member of a football team in another state, there would be an immediate and an adverse reaction from the state's citizenry; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, That the 67th Legislature, in recognition of the high esteem that Texans have for Earl Campbell, hereby declare this exceptional individual to be a State Hero whose greatness demands that his football career remain in Texas; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That official copies of this resolution be prepared for Earl Campbell and for Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams as expressions of the sentiment of the Texas Legislature.
Earl Campbell was declared a state hero of Texas by House Concurrent Resolution and is not, therefore, listed in the Texas Statutes.
Only a small number of Texas' myriad symbols have been actually adopted by an act of the legislature and written into the Texas Statutes.
"HCR 20, 67th Regular Session." Legislative Reference Library of Texas. Legislative Reference Library of Texas. Web. 1 Apr 2013. .
"Hall of Famers: Earl Campbell." Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Web. 1 Apr 2013. .
Hall of Famers: Earl Campbell: Official website of the National Football Hall of Fame.