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Hugh Campbell

Football Builder - Inducted 1997

Hugh Campbell has an unparalleled record as a Canadian Football League coach and general manager.  Hugh Campbell's record of 70 wins, 21 losses, and 5 ties was compiled over six seasons when the Eskimos finished first in the Western Division six consecutive times.  During Hugh Campbell's years as Head Coach, the Edmonton Eskimos established a CFL record with five straight Grey Cup wins from 1978 through 1982.  Since he joined the organization 25 years prior to induction in 1997, the Edmonton Eskimos have won seven Grey Cups in 11 appearances.  Hugh Campbell was appointed General Manager of the Eskimos organization in 1986.  

He began his pro career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1963 and during his years with them, he established Roughrider records for the most career touchdown receptions (60), most touchdowns in the season (17), and most yards receiving in a career (5,425).  He played in three Grey Cups, was All-Western All-Star twice, and was All Canadian in both 1965 and 1966.

The Annis Stukus Trophy was presented to Hugh Campbell as Coach of the Year in 1979.  In 1997, Hugh Campbell was named the President and C.E.O. of the Edmonton Eskimos.

After Induction

Hugh Campbell retired as the Eskimos president CEO in 2006, ending his 26-year association with the club. He became the general manager of the Eskimos in 1986 and was the president and CEO since 1997


Awards and Honours:

1990 - Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour (Builder)

2000 - CFL Hall of Fame

2009 - Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

2017 - Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame


Other Halls of Fame:

• Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame

• Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour

• Whitworth College Hall of Fame

• Spokane Inland Empire Hall of Fame

• Washington State University Hall of Fame

• State of Washington Hall of Fame

• Los Gatos High School Hall of Fame