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Necessary Roughness: Interviews with Earl Campbell, Randy White, and Robert Loggia (1991)

Jim Ruddy

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This raw interview footage, taped by Dallas-based director Jim Ruddy for “Entertainment Tonight,” is of interviews with Earl Campbell, Randy White, and actor Robert Loggia about their involvement in the 1991 film, “Necessary Roughness”, which filmed near Ft. Worth. The film is a parody of the college football recruitment system and features several former and current NFL players. During his interview, University of Texas alum Earl Campbell talks about the real life problems with the NCAA and their stringent rules on recruiting. Footballer Randy White echoes Campbell’s concerns with more of a lighthearted tone. Actor Robert Loggia finishes the video with his reactions to working with the football players, the film in particular, and how it is different from the other roles he has played in the past.
Earl Campbell is a Heisman Trophy winning, five time Pro-Bowl, and three time NFL Most Valuable Player winning football player from Tyler, Texas.  Campbell is arguably the most important athlete in Texas history.  He was drafted first overall to the Houston Oilers after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communication.  He also played for the New Orleans Saints.  Campbell retired in 1986 after wrecking his body from years of playing football.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 27, 1991.
Campbell now spends his time as a businessman, actively involved in Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc., which specialized in smoked sausages, hot links, and barbecue sauce.  He also remains active in the University of Texas athletics programs.