Neck Injury Ends Career of Linebacker Fred Campbell

Sept. 18, 2007

Stanford, CA - Sophomore linebacker Fred Campbell underwent surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck on Monday (September 17) at Stanford Hospital. The injury, which Campbell sustained in Saturday's (September 15) game against San Jose State, will force the New Rochelle, New York native to retire from football.

'Fred is a warrior,' said Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh, 'and he will always be a part of our team.'

Campbell was in his third year in the Cardinal football program. After redshirting his true freshman season in 2005, he played in nine games and started one as a key reserve on the defensive unit in 2006. This year, he earned a starting spot at middle linebacker.

'I know how much of a disappointment this is for Fred,' said Harbaugh. 'But, we're very proud of him and what he has accomplished and what he has meant to our team. We're relieved that his neurological health will be normal and that he will have a full and complete recovery.'

Campbell remains at Stanford Hospital after undergoing successful surgery Monday.

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