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.