Milt Campbell
(1933-2012)
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Milt Campbell
 
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Dec 09, 1933
 
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Nov 02, 2012
 
 
 
 
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Milton Gray Campbell  was an American decathlete of the 1950s. In 1956, he became the first African American  to win the gold medal in the decathlon of the Summer Olympic Games.

Campbell set New Jersey state records in the high and low hurdles and in the high jump, and scored 140 points as fullback in football. He was inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1956 at Melbourne, Campbell won the gold medal. He narrowly missed a world record. Many observers believe he would have set the record if not for a subpar performance in the pole vault. Campbell was also an excellent swimmer as a youth. An all around athlete, Campbell was drafted by the NFL Cleveland Browns in 1957 and played one season in the same backfield as Jim Brown. He then played for several years in the Canadian Football League, ending his football career in 1964.

He died on 2 Novenber 2012. 


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