Heisman Trophy winner, NFL Hall of Famer, John Tyler alumni and Tyler native,  Earl Campbell can now add another title title to his name, 2014 Official Hero of the Texas Walk to Cure Arthritis Series. Campbell made a special appearance at the Arthritis Foundation’s Legends & Leaders Breakfast at Abel’s this morning in Austin, Tx.

During the VIP breakfast event, the Arthritis Foundation shared with Austin business leaders the impact that arthritis has on the economy and their organizations. According to Maureen Wiegert of the Arthritis Foundation, It’s estimated that it costs $128 billion annually to cover the cost of medical care, lost wages and productivity due to arthritis in the U.S. Earl Campbell is one of those who suffer from arthritis.

During his football career, Campbell was known for his talent and ability to take a big hit. That talent also had a down side, that led the linebacker at John Tyler High School and UT of Austin and later as a running back for the Houston Oilers, to get severe osteoarthritis in is knees, back and feet. This lead to more surgeries than he can count, including two knee replacements.

Earl says he isn’t sidelined by arthritis. He is on new medication and even has regular workouts at UT's weight room. Earl also enjoys playing a few holes of golf. A few years ago, Earl came up to the KNUE studios and was using a walker and canes, but now, he is stronger then ever.

Earl is thankful for better mobility and urges those who suffer from this awful disease, to not it limit them. That’s why he’s joined forces with the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure Arthritis and formed EARL’S DREAM TEAM.

I'll never forget watching the "Yellow Rose" win the state championship playing for John Tyler High School back in the day!  love me some Earl Campbell!