DALLAS (FWAA) – East Carolina's Terence Campbell
is this week's nominee for the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage
Award, to be announced at the end of the season. Campbell, a
junior offensive lineman from Maxton, N.C., has returned to action
after undergoing emergency heart surgery in the winter of 2007.
Campbell was a starter at tackle in 2006, when he recorded 47
knockdown blocks, played 880 snaps and made Conference USA's all-freshman
team. But in February 2007, he was diagnosed with a blood clot in
his heart after a scary episode when he began coughing and felt
numbness in his arms and pain in his chest.
Two days later, he was undergoing surgery for a condition known
as acute coronary thrombosis. Surgery removed the clot, but Campbell's
athletic future was in doubt. He wasn't allowed to run or lift weights
– much less play football – in 2007.
"That was hard to take," Campbell told the News & Observer, "that
I would have to live without (football)."
A scar remains on Campbell's heart wall, but the organ's function
has returned to normal. Last January, he received doctors' clearance
to resume athletic participation, and chose to do so.
"When I first started (in spring practice), I worried," Campbell
told the News & Observer. "Any little thing would scare me. Now
I don't think about it. It feels like it never happened."
Campbell has played a reserve role in ECU's first three games this
season, helping the Pirates to a 3-0 start that includes wins over
Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Because of injuries, Campbell is
expected to start at left tackle this week.
the third straight year, the Football Writers Association of America
and the FedEx Orange Bowl will announce a weekly nominee each Wednesday
during the season. A blue-ribbon panel will determine the winner
from all of the nominees. The winner of the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA
Courage Award will be announced in December and be presented with
The Courage Award was created by ESPN The Magazine's senior writer
Gene Wojciechowski, also a FWAA member. A select group of writers
from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for
nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including
overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster
or living through hardship.
Previous winners of the FWAA's Courage Award are Navy's Zerbin
Singleton (2007), Clemson's Ray Ray McElrathbey (2006), the Tulane
football team (2005), Memphis' Haracio Colen (2004), San Jose State's
Neil Parry (2003) and Toledo's William Bratton (2002).
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Orange Bowl Committee
is a not-for-profit, 333-member, primarily-volunteer organization.
It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports
and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy
and culture of South Florida. In addition to the 75th edition of
the Orange Bowl Festival, which features a year-round schedule of
events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 1, the
Orange Bowl Committee will host the 2009 FedEx BCS Championship
Game on January 8. For more information on the 2008-09 Orange Bowl
Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities,
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,000 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information in the FedEx Orange Bowl/FWAA Courage Award,
contact George Schroeder at 541-953-4080 or
2008 Orange Bowl Courage Award Nominees
• Sept. 10: Artrell Woods, Oklahoma State
• Sept. 17: Terence Campbell, East Carolina
• Sept. 24: Johnell Neal, Central Florida
• Oct. 1: Wilson Holloway, Tulsa
• Oct. 8: Inquoris "Inky" Johnson, Tennessee
• Oct. 15: Richard Bowman, North Dakota State
• Oct. 22: Tyson Gentry, Ohio State
• Oct. 29: Chris Ogbonnaya, Texas
• Nov. 12: Robert Quinn, North Carolina
• Nov. 19: Brandon Antwine, Florida