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Earl Campbell’s’sledgehammer running’ earned him a spot on the NFL 100 at No. 66.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.Earl Campbell cut to his right after receiving a handoff from Dan Pastorini.
A Los Angeles Rams linebacker who had been chosen to the Pro Bowl six times stood ready for the rookie rushing back in the hole, ready to tackle him for a loss.Isiah Robertson squared up and readied for contact.
Instead of delivering the hit, Robertson absorbed one, burying Campbell’s head hard in his sternum. It was a collision that was felt from the 23-yard line to the 900 section of the world’s first domed stadium.
It was felt all the way from Amarillo, Texas, to South Padre Island, Texas.
From the NFL offices to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was palpable. As Robertson walked down the green carpet, Campbell kept trucking to his right.
As his jersey was torn off by a would-be tackler, he was finally dragged down 16 yards later by three Rams. “Earl flat ran over him,” an unbelieving Pastorini recalled. On the CBS broadcast, analyst George Allen, a long-time coach, labeled it “sledgehammer running.”
Later, the former Cleveland Browns running back claimed it was the hardest hit he’d ever seen.