Marion Campbell

For other people named Marion Campbell, see Marion Campbell (disambiguation).
Marion Campbell

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Campbell on a 1955 Bowman football card
Position: Defensive lineman
Personal information
Birth name: Francis Marion Campbell
Date of birth: (1929-05-25)May 25, 1929
Place of birth: Chester, South Carolina, United States
Date of death: July 13, 2016(2016-07-13) (aged 87)
Place of death: Plano, Texas, United States
Career information
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 4 / Pick: 46
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)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (1993)
    (defensive coordinator)
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl honors in 1959 and 1960
  • 1st team All-Pro in 1960
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 34–80–1
Postseason: 0-0
Career: 34–80–1
Coaching stats at PFR

Francis Marion Campbell (May 25, 1929 – July 13, 2016) was an American football defensive lineman and coach. He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1949 until 1951, where he was appropriately nicknamed "Swamp Fox". During his National Football League (NFL) playing career, he 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 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 the Atlanta Falcons (twice) and Philadelphia Eagles as well as the defensive coordinator for each team separate from his times as head coach. He also served as defensive line coach for the Boston Patriots (1962–1963), Minnesota Vikings (1964–1966), and the Los Angeles Rams (1967–1968). He was an expert in the 3–4 defense; his Eagles defenses ranked first in the league in points allowed in 1980 and 1981, and second and first in yards allowed. Campbell has the third lowest winning percentage among head coaches who have coached more than three seasons in the NFL. The only coaches below him are Bert Bell and David Shula. Campbell spent the 1994 season as the defensive coordinator for his alma mater Georgia Bulldogs.[1]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish
ATL1974 150.167 4th in NFC West
ATL1975 4100.286 3rd in NFC West
ATL1976 140.200 3rd in NFC West
PHI1983 5110.313 4th in NFC East
PHI1984 691.400 5th in NFC East
PHI1985 690.400 4th in NFC East
ATL1987 3120.200 4th in NFC West
ATL1988 5110.313 4th in NFC West
ATL1989 390.250 4th in NFC West

Personal life

Campbell spent two years in the United States Army between college and the NFL. He lived in St. Augustine, Florida with his wife, the former June Roberts. The Campbells have two children: a daughter, Alicia Johnson, and a son, Scott.[3] In 2013, Campbell fell and broke multiple vertebrae in his neck.[4] He died on July 13, 2016.[5]


  1. "Elsewhere". ALAN SCHMADTKE The Orlando Sentinel. 1993-12-07. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  2. Marion Campbell Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -
  3. "Everybody's All-American". Gene Asher. August 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. "Former Falcons coach recovering from broken neck". Loran Smith, Albany Herald. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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