He was a quarterback from California. He was touted highly among NFL GMs.
No, it’s not Aaron Rodgers I’m talking about … it’s Rich Campbell, another quarterback who coaches thought had what it takes to succeed in the NFL.
They were wrong. He played four years in Green Bay. During that time, he completed 31 of 68 passes for 386 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Today the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame’s Today in Packers History remembers Campbell as a first round draft pick in 1981 and his day of joining Packers from the 1960s at the Vince Lombardi Golf Tournament.
Their success unfortunately didn’t rub off on Campbell.
Rich Camp Meets Packers from the Glory Years
June 19, 1981 - Unnoticed as he arrives for a practice round in advance of the Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic at North Hill Country Club, Packers first-round draft choice Rich Campbell becomes the center of attention once he’s introduced to those who played for the team during the 1960s. The quarterback from California is awed as he mingles with the likes of Jerry Kramer, Ron Kramer, Bob Skoronski, Dan Currie, Bob Long, Norm Masters and others. “I’m just happy to be invited to the Lombardi tournament,” Campbell says. “Of all the names that have gone through the annals of football, his name stands out above them all.”
An award-winning journalist and photographer, Rivard has been editor of two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years. His love of the Green Bay Packers and his drive to reach out to all Packers fans moved him to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. The opportunity to continue with lombardiave.com has brought him to this page where he has been laboring for the past 2-plus years. Getting back into blogging has allowed Rivard to continue to follow the team with renewed interest.