May 1, 2009
PULLMAN - Former Washington State wide receiver Hugh Campbell has been announced as an inductee into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the organization announced recently.
Campbell, who spent more than 20 years with the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos on the sidelines and in the front office, will be inducted into the Hall's builders category at a ceremony held in Toronto, Nov. 3.
As head coach of the Eskimos, Campbell guided Edmonton to six consecutive Grey Cup appearances, winning five in a row from 1978-82. Following his coaching stint with the Eskimos, Campbell went on to serve as head coach of both the USFL's Los Angeles Express and the NFL's Houston Oilers.
He returned to Edmonton in 1986 as the team's general manager, and later served as the team's President and CEO. The Eskimos won four more Grey Cup titles with Campbell in the front office (1987, 1993, 2003 and 2005).
Campbell lettered for WSU from 1960-62, hauling in 176 receptions for 2,452 yards, marks that currently rank third on each of the Cougars' all-time lists. He left school as WSU's record-holder in each category, holding each mark for more than 40 years. Jason Hill broke Campbell's yardage record 44 years later in 2006 (2,704), and Michael Bumpus broke his receptions record 45 years later in 2007 (195).
Campbell was also elected to the builder's category of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2000.