Hugh Campbell is still a tough sonofabitch

Legendary CFL coach Hugh Campbell got knocked over on the sidelines of Saturday’s Ottawa Redblacks game against the B.C. Lions and popped back up like absolutely nothing happened.

Hugh Campbell is 76-years-old.

Despite the potential risks involved, there were a couple of other things to like beyond Campbell’s innate resiliency.

First, Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson, the player who delivered the accidental hit, clearly attempted to arrest his progress, then helped Campbell up and delivered a friendly pat on his way back to back to the field. Ellingson’s biggest concern is Hugh Campbell kicking his ass after the game.

Then his son, Redblacks coach Rick Campbell, asked his Dad if he was OK, then delegated the task to an Ottawa staffer. “Make sure he’s alright,” Campbell instructed, knowing full well that asking his Dad again was out of the question.

Hugh Campbell, who won five straight Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos from 1978 to 1982 and was enshrined into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000, is tougher than you. And don’t you ever forget it.



8 Comments on Hugh Campbell is still a tough sonofabitch

  1. Scottsask // October 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm //

    Damn Straight!

  2. Took that hit like a Champ !!

  3. The Campbell’s are good people, great story.

  4. RB Nation // October 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm //

    Hugh came out of this contact better than Rick vs Duron Carter…

  5. South-west cowboy // October 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm //

    I’d rather remember him as ‘Gluey Hughie’ a pass catching wizard for the Saskatchewan Roughriders 1966 Grey Cup Champions and yes he’s tough.

  6. Hugh “5 in a row” Campbell

  7. Dundas dude // October 8, 2017 at 6:17 am //

    Yes, Ellingson was fortunate to be able to walk away from that hit!

  8. Hugh likes being where the action is on the sidelines but his other half might get him a SAFER place to see his sons team next time. Ha

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