Marion Campbell
Defensive Lineman/Head Coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-05-25) May 25, 1929 (age 90)
Place of birth: Chester, South Carolina
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 4 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 1954 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 1961 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
* Atlanta Falcons (1969-1974)
(defensive coordinator)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1974-1976)
    (head coach)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1977-1982)
    (defensive coordinator)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1983-1985)
    (head coach)
  • Atlanta Falcons (1987-1989)
    (head coach)
Career highlights and awards

Francis Marion Campbell (born May 25, 1929) is a former American football defensive lineman and head coach. Campbell played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949 until 1951, where he was appropriately nicknamed "Swamp Fox". During his NFL playing career, Campbell played for the San Francisco 49ers (1954–1955) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1956–1961), winning Pro Bowl honors in 1959 and 1960 and also being named 1st team All-Pro in 1960 [1] as part of the Eagles' championship team that year. He was one of the last of the NFL's "two-way" players who played all offensive and defensive snaps in a game.

Campbell was head coach of both the Atlanta Falcons (twice) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as being defensive coordinator for both teams separate from his times as their head coach. He also served as defensive line coach for the Patriots (1962-1963), Vikings (1964-1965-1966), and Rams (1967-1968)[2]. He was an expert in the 3–4 defense; his Philadelphia Eagles defenses ranked first in the league in points allowed in 1980 and 1981, and second and first in yards allowed in those same years [3]. Campbell has the third lowest winning percentage among head coaches who have coached more than three seasons in the NFL [4]. The only coaches behind him are Bert Bell and David Shula.

Personal lifeEdit

Campbell spent two years in the United States Army between college and the NFL. He lives in St. Augustine, Fla., with his wife, the former June Roberts. The Campbells have two children - a daughter, Alicia Johnson, and a son, Scott.[1] In 2013, Campbell fell and broke multiple vertebrae in his neck.[2]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Mazur
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Wade Phillips

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