Legendary Texas sports journalist Dave Campbell dies at 96

Dave Campbell, a distinguished Texas sports journalist and a long-time prominent figure throughout Texas high school football has died at the age of 96. The Waco Tribune-Herald reported that Campbell, a Waco native, passed away Friday after recently being hospitalized with pneumonia.

Campbell began as the Herald-Tribune’s sports editor in Waco from 1953-93, but was most well known for founding the magazine the still bears his name — Dave Campbell’s Texas Football — as publisher and editor-in-chief in 1960.

He sold the magazine, which prints annually previewing every high school, college and professional football team around Texas, in 1985 but remained a prominent sports journalist in the state as the editor-in-chief of Baylor Bear Insider from 1993 until his retirement in 2008.

He previously served as president of the Football Writers Association of America and the Texas Sports Writers Association too.

Campbell was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and became a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. He also served as the chairman of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1985-2013.

(Photo courtesy of Baylor)

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