AUSTIN (KXAN) – Sunday would have been Darrell K. Royal’s 90th birthday. The legendary University of Texas football coach died in 2012 at age 88 after battling Alzheimer’s disease in the final years of his life.
The grown children of some of Royal’s former players at Texas are helping preserve his legacy by joining the fight against the disease.
Christian Campbell, the son of Earl Campbell, and Callie Hudson, the daughter of Jim Hudson, help head up the Legacy Council of The Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. For Hudson and Campbell, Royal was like a grandfather. The decision to be out front raising awareness and leading fund raising efforts for research in his name was an easy one.
The goal of the group is to help create Alzheimer’s awareness among professionals under the age of forty.