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atCentral: The Legacy of Earl Campbell

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact is a new biography by Asher Price chronicling the life and impact of Texas football legend Earl Campbell — on and off the field. Price will share highlights from the book, stories about Earl Campbell, and insights from his writing and research process. He'll also talk with two key figures in Earl Campbell's career Ken Dabbs, the recruiter who brought Earl Campbell to UT, and Alfred Jackson, a former UT receiver who, with Campbell, formed one of UT's most powerful offensive squads.

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask you reserve a ticket here. Doors open at 6:30pm. The programs begins at 7pm, and concludes with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. You can purchase an advanced copy here for pick-up at the event.

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atCentral is cultural series hosted by The Library Foundation, the nonprofit that supports the Austin Public Library. This event is presented in partnership with University of Texas Press.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. An exhilarating blend of biography and history, Earl Campbell chronicles the challenges and sacrifices one supremely gifted athlete faced in his journey to the Hall of Fame. The story begins in Tyler, Texas, and features his indomitable mother, a crusading judge, and a newly integrated high school, then moves to Austin, home of the University of Texas (infamously, the last all-white national champion in college football), where legendary coach Darrell Royal stakes his legacy on recruiting Campbell. Later, in booming, Luv-Ya-Blue Houston, Campbell reaches his peak with beloved coach Bum Phillips, who celebrates his star runner’s bruising style even as it takes its toll on Campbell’s body. Drawing on new interviews and research, Asher Price reveals how a naturally reticent kid from the country who never sought the spotlight struggled with complex issues of race and health. In an age when concussion revelations and player protest against racial injustice rock the NFL, Campbell’s life is a timely story of hard-earned success—and heart-wrenching sacrifice.

ASHER PRICE is a state desk reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He is also author of Year of the Dunk, a memoir about basketball, cancer, and the frontiers of human potential, and co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush, the backstory about how the oil-and-gas state became the country's top producer of wind power. Asher studied English at Yale and has graduate degrees in public policy and journalism. He lives in Austin with his wife and his daughter.

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