Monday, July 21, 2008

This is Why You Come to Columbia


Bill Campbell is held in the highest regard on both coasts


An absolutely incredible Fortune Magazine article about the enormous influence of Bill Campbell in the tech world is now available online.

The piece catalogues how Campbell has played a positive role in the growth and survival of some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and actually, the entire business world. The man we thought we knew as simply a successful, "post-football", CEO of Intuit is credited with making Google, Apple and many other companies what they are today.

The fact that he was one of the most over-achieving football players in Columbia history makes every assertion in the article ring true. And the fact that he endured six very tough years as Columbia's head coach makes it also obvious that Bill Campbell can truly laugh in the face of adversity.

If you are a player or a coach involved in the Columbia football program, or are considering becoming one, people like Bill Campbell and his story is the reason why you come here. Sure... Harvard, Yale and Princeton offer great connections too. But, as I've written here many times before, the Columbia football fraternity is much smaller and closer knit.

The leader of that fraternity is Bill Campbell and everyone connected to Columbia football is richer for it.




Bill Campbell,just to the left of the ball carrier, was a fearsome blocker (CREDIT: Columbia College Today)

5 Comments:

At Tue Jul 22, 03:39:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Great story, thanks for the link. Kind of sobering though that the only thing Bill Campbell ever failed at was trying to win at Columbia.

 
At Tue Jul 22, 03:51:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

But only as a coach! He won the title as a player in 1961. He was very much the team leader that year.

 
At Tue Jul 22, 04:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't around then, but I wonder if he had enough support? It is interesting how much support for football that he is putting together on the board. Maybe he is sending a message to Coach Wilson that he has more behind him than empty words. I can't imagine that anyone wouldn't feel better having him in their corner. I think this team is under the right leadership, has the right friends, and has put together some great athletes. I am more than a little excited about the future of Columbia football.

 
At Tue Jul 22, 05:28:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger john said...

The running back in the photo is Tom O'Connor and the other guard is Tony Day. Great article!

 
At Tue Jul 22, 09:05:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous stan said...

Bill Campbell was the unquestioned inspirational leader and the toughest guy on the 1961 Ivy League Championship Team. He was the heart and soul of the Championship Team and a damn good football player as well. Terrific article about one of the greatest persons ever to play football at Columbia.

 

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