To celebrate its 17th annivesary, we take a brief look at one of the most inspiring moments in Big Ten football history.
On September 2, 1999, former Riverview High Parade All-American and Michigan State cornerback Amp Campbell made his triumphant return from a cervic-spinal injury to get the start against visiting Oregon. A little less than a year had elapsed since Campbell suffered the injury, which many believed to be career-ending, against the Ducks in Eugene.
Campbell, a 1994 Riverview graduate who received an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA and Big Ten after finishing his undergraduate degree, did more than defy the odds that night in front of 72,923 in the stands and an ESPN audience. His 85-yard fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a 27-20 Michigan State win, and set the tone for a final season that would see Campbell earn third team Associated Press All-America honors.
A YouTube video detailing Amp Campbell’s comeback from a career-threatening injury and Michigan State’s 27-20 win over visiting Oregon on September 2, 1999
Campbell is currently an assistant coach at Alabama State University, working primarily with the Hornets’ defensive backs. In addition to serving as a Riverview assistant under his high school head coach, John Sprague, in 2007 and 2008, Campbell has been on the coaching staffs at Urbana University, Lane University, Ferris State, Western Michigan and Kent State.