For other people called Hugh Campbell, see Hugh Campbell (disambiguation).
Hugh Campbell
No. 31
Born: (1941-05-21) May 21, 1941 (age 79)
Saratoga, California
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
CollegeWashington State
NFL draft1963 / Round: 4 / Pick: 50
Drafted bySan Francisco 49ers
Career history
As administrator
19861997Edmonton Eskimos (GM)
19982006Edmonton Eskimos (President/CEO)
As coach
19771982Edmonton Eskimos
1983Los Angeles Express
1984–1985Houston Oilers
As player
1963Saskatchewan Roughriders
1969Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1965, 1966
CFL West All-Star1964, 1965, 1966, 1969
Awards1979 Annis Stukus Trophy
Career stats

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 careerEdit

Campbell played wide receiver at Washington State University from 1959 to 1962. During that time he appeared in the Hula Bowl, the College All-Star game, the Coaches All-America game, and the East-West Shrine Bowl. Campbell received most outstanding player honours in the Coaches and the Shrine Bowl games. He was also awarded the 1961 W. J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. During his Cougar career he was teamed with fellow CFL Hall of Famer George Reed.

Professional playing careerEdit

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 careerEdit

Campbell retired as an active player after the 1969 season to take up a head coaching job with Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. During his seven-year tenure, Campbell revived the moribund Pirates football program and was named conference coach of the year three times.[1]

In 1977, Campbell was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, where he took the Eskimos to the Grey Cup game in Montreal that first year but lost 41-6 in a major 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, an all-time CFL consecutive games win record.

Following the 1982 season, Campbell left the CFL to become 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 (the Oilers ultimately signed Moon). He served as head coach of the Oilers for the 1984 and 1985 seasons, being fired by the Oilers with two games left to go in the 1985 season.

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 at 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 recordEdit


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
EDM1977 1060.6251st in West Division 1 1 Lost in Grey Cup
EDM1978 1042.6881st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM1979 1222.8131st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM1980 1330.8131st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM1981 1411.9061st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM1982 1150.6881st in West Division 2 0 Won Grey Cup
EDM Total 70215.7556 West Division
1115 Grey Cups
LA1983 8100.4442nd in Pacific Division--
LA Total 8100.4440 Division
000 USFL Champs
HOU1984 3130.1884th in AFC Central - -
HOU1985 590.3574th in AFC Central - -
HOI Total 8220.2670 Division
000 Super Bowls
Total 86535.6155 Division
1115 Grey Cups


  1. Missildine, Harry (February 4, 1977). "Campbell's going back". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 27.
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