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Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell
No. 31
Date of birth (1941-05-21) May 21, 1941
Place of birth Saratoga, California
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) WR
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
College Washington State
NFL draft 1963 / Round: 4 / Pick: 50
Drafted by San Francisco 49ers
Career history
As administrator
19861997 Edmonton Eskimos (GM)
19982006 Edmonton Eskimos (President/CEO)
As coach
19771982 Edmonton Eskimos
1983 Los Angeles Express (USFL)
1984–1985 Houston Oilers (NFL)
As player
19631967 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1969 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1965, 1966
CFL West All-Star 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969
Awards 1979 Annis Stukus Trophy
Career stats
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 2000

Hugh Campbell (born May 21, 1941) is a former American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive. He served as a head coach in three different professional gridiron football leagues: the Canadian Football League (CFL), the United States Football League (USFL) and the National Football League (NFL). Campbell retired as the CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2006. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.


  • College career 1
  • Professional playing career 2
  • Coaching and administrative career 3
  • Personal 4
  • Head coaching record 5
    • CFL and NFL 5.1
  • References 6

College career

Campbell played George Reed.

Professional playing career

Campbell joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1963 and "Gluey Hughy", as he became known, was a key element of their Grey Cup winning team in 1966. Campbell quit the Roughriders in 1968 to take a position as assistant coach at Washington State but returned for a final year with the Roughriders in 1969. In his six CFL seasons, Campbell caught 321 passes for an average gain of 16.9 yards per reception and scored 60 touchdowns, including 17 TD receptions in 1966. Campbell received western conference all-star honours as a flanker in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1969. He was a CFL all-star in 1965 and 1966.

Coaching and administrative career

Campbell retired as a player after the 1969 season to take up a head coaching job at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. During his seven-year tenure as coach, Campbell revived Whitworth's moribund football program and was named conference coach of the year three times.

In 1977, Campbell was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. He took the Eskimos to the Grey Cup that first year but lost 41–6 in a blowout on an icy field against the Montreal Alouettes. It was the last Grey Cup championship game coach Campbell would lose as the Eskimos won the next five Grey Cup games, from 1978 through 1982. Following the 1982 season, Campbell left to become the head coach of the USFL's Los Angeles Express. After one season, the Houston Oilers who were bidding for the services of Warren Moon, hired him to become their head coach and help improve their chances of signing the coveted free agent. He served as head coach of the Oilers for the 1984 and 1985 seasons. In 1986 he returned to the Eskimos as the team's general manager. After 20 years as the head of the Eskimos organization, Campbell announced his retirement effective the end of 2006.


Campbell and his wife Louise have four children, daughters Molly, Jill and Robin and son, Rick, who currently serves as the head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks.

Head coaching record


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
EDM 1977 10 6 0 .625 1st in West Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
EDM 1978 10 4 2 .688 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM 1979 12 2 2 .813 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM 1980 13 3 0 .813 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM 1981 14 1 1 .906 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM 1982 11 5 0 .688 1st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM Total 70 21 5 .755 6 West Division
11 1 5 Grey Cups
HOU 1984 3 13 0 .188 4th in AFC Central - -
HOU 1985 5 9 0 .357 4th in AFC Central - -
HOU Total 8 22 0 .267 0 Division
0 0 0 Super Bowls
Total 78 43 5 .639 5 Division
11 1 5 Grey Cups


  • Dick Sparrer, 'Gluey Hughy' grabs a spot in Los Gatos Hall of Fame, Los Gatos Weekly Times, 28 April 2004.
  • Graham Kelly, The Grey Cup (1999)
  • CFL Facts, Figures and Records (1986)
  • Canadian Football Hall of Fame profile
  • Edmonton Eskimos homepage

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