Steve Bartkowski on Marion Campbell (1929-2016)

Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta Falcons

Quarterback Steve Bartkowski became the face of the franchise and would go on to set every passing record in Falcons history. (Mike Powell/Getty Images)

Marion Campbell, the only man to serve two stints as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, died last week in Plano, Texas, it was announced late Sunday. He was 87.

Campbell was a three-time All-SEC pick at Georgia from 1949-51 and played eight seasons in the NFL as one of the last two-way players before beginning his coaching career. Campbell served as Falcons head coach (1974-76, 1987-89) and returned to Georgia as defensive coordinator for one season under Ray Goff in 1993.

Here’s what his former quarterback, Steve Bartkowski, had to say about him:

STEVE BARTKOWSKI, Ring of Honor quarterback

“I loved Marion Campbell. He was one of my favorite people that I’ve ever met in football. He was just as rock solid as anybody I’ve ever been around. Of course, he’s the guy who drafted me, so I’m a little partial.

“He had just a brilliant defensive mind. I really like playing for him than playing against him when he went to Philly. I had many sleepless nights thinking about having to play against his defense.

“Marion was rock solid. You never had to guess what he was thinking. He was always straight forward and honest with everybody their position on the team. The way that he went about his daily business. He was just a great family man. He was a great man. He will be sorely missed.”

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Here’s a closer look at the training camp schedule:

July

27 – Wednesday, team reports for camp.

28 – Thursday, practice open to public, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

29 – Friday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

30 – Saturday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

31 – Sunday, public practice, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

August

1 – Monday, no practice.

2 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3 – Wednesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

4 – Thursday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School

6 – Saturday, players off.

7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 – Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Tight ends

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Linebackers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

 

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