Former NFL player and head coach Marion Campbell has passed away at the age of 87, according to a statement released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. After being the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in the mid 1970s, Campbell once again joined the Eagles to be their defensive coordinator in 1977.
He was a two-way lineman on their 1960 championship team and was a first-team All-Pro selection that season.
"Marion Campbell will be missed by the Eagles community but also remembered for his spirited impact on our game", Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said, per Smith. Fired in 1985, he was succeeded by Buddy Ryan, who preceded Campbell in death by only a few weeks. "Like Chuck Bednarik, he was a great two-way player during a special era in National Football League history". He then played two seasons in San Francisco before heading to Philadelphia, where he played from 1956 to 1961. Although he was a fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia in 1952, Campbell served in the United States Army before going to the National Football League, per CSNPhilly.com's Reuben Frank. In 1981 and 1982, Campbell's a year ago as defensive coordinator before being promoted to head coach, his defenses were the top ranked units in the NFL. He took over an aging team that had to be nearly completely rebuilt.
It was Campbell who hired an unknown assistant coach named Tom Coughlin as the Eagles' wide receivers coach in 1984, starting an National Football League career that resulted in two Super Bowl championships.
After two years with the 49ers, Campbell came to Philadelphia, where he was a six-year starter.
He won just 17 games during his three seasons at the helm.