It was fitting that Bennie Wylie and Caeser Martinez were at Earl Campbell’s side as he walked out to midfield for the coin flip Saturday. That’s because the two Texas strength coaches have been there every step of the way for Campbell as he has learned to walk again.
"I really worked at it and Bennie even said, 'Man, you want that bad, don’t you?' Because I was coming over here so much," said Campbell of his rehab.
There is still work to be done. Campbell, who started working out with Wylie in March, still cannot walk without the aid of a cane or a walker. He said somewhere between his brain and his legs the signal is being lost to put one foot in front of the other. He will soon be evaluated at Methodist Hospital in Houston to see what can be one to correct the problem.
For now, the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner is satisfied with the progress he has made.
"It is one step closer to living normal," he said. "What I want to do is be able to get around like you all do, stand without a walker and move around. So I am looking forward to it."