Son of Hall of Fame RB Earl Campbell, Tyler, shares story about multiple sclerosis journey
Throughout Tyler's life, football was all he knew. His father, Earl Campbell, is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game.
Throughout Tyler's life, football was all he knew.
His father, Earl Campbell, is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game.
When it became his turn. he played the same position at San Diego State University.
But one morning after a game, everything changed.
"After playing BYU university, I'll never forget it. I ended up going to sleep and waking up routinely like I always do in the morning, and instead of standing to my feet, I fell flat on my face. Paralysis, no warning, slurred speech, couldn't talk, my equilibrium was off and that ultimately led to my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a disease I have never heard of before," Campbell said.
According to the CDC, multiple sclerosis is often a disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.
It can affect a person's brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
Tyler is now an advocate and public speaker for campaigns like "Don't MS with West Texas," where he shares his story.
He said having this platform made him realize this is something bigger than himself.
"I have a platform. I have a platform to share a story that could help another young man or young woman across the country somewhere, who had a dream, who had a goal, who is diagnosed with MS, and to teach them that they can still accomplish the dreams and goals that you have for yourself," Campbell said.
Tyler said this is the message he believes he is called to give, and that multiple sclerosis does not define who you are.
"I want people to know that not every day is a great day, but any opportunity that we have a day, we have the capability to choose what we're going to make out of that day. So we still have the choice to make with multiple sclerosis," Campbell said.