Joe Campbell, a renowned defensive end celebrated for his Super Bowl triumph, has sadly departed at the age of 68. Unfortunately, Campbell’s life concluded after a hiking adventure in Florida. According to his brother Patrick, Campbell’s passing is suspected to be the outcome of a cardiac incident; however, the official cause of his death remains undisclosed.
Campbell’s football journey began at Salesianum School in Delaware. He led his team to a state championship in 1972. He continued his success in college at Maryland and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1977. Campbell played professionally for the Saints, Raiders, and Buccaneers.
Campbell’s time with the 1980 Raiders is unforgettable. They defied expectations as a wild card team, winning Super Bowl XV with a 27-10 victory over the Eagles. His contributions to the triumph will forever be cherished by Raider Nation.
Campbell’s passing deeply impacts those who knew him, including former teammates. The Raiders expressed condolences to his family, while Burgess Owens paid tribute on social media. Despite personal difficulties, Campbell remained resilient, embracing memories of his championship season. His legacy as a remarkable player and beloved individual endures in the hearts of those who crossed paths with him.