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This college football star from Lubbock is giving away millions

Ash Jurberg

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Over the last month, I have written a series of articles on business leaders, celebrities, and entrepreneurs who have been giving back to the community. I like to spread good news stories, and readers enjoy these uplifting articles.

Today I wanted to shine the spotlight on a man who was born in Lubbock, was a college football star and is now a successful entrepreneur.

That man is Cody Campbell- let's examine his story.

The Lubbock college football star

Cody Campbell was born in 1981 in Lubbock, Texas.

He attended Canyon High School in Canyon and led his school to the 1999 Regional Championship. With multiple college football offers, he chose to attend Texas Tech in Lubbock, the same college his father and grandfather attended.

My dad played football at Tech in the ’70s and my great-grandfather was on the first Tech football team back in the 1920s. My brother also played baseball there. I was the 13th or 14th person in my family to become a Red Raider.” Cody Campbell

Campbell earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech and played in the 2004 Holiday Bowl, considered one of the most memorable bowl victories in school history. He was then signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL, where he played as an offensive guard for the ’05 season and part of ’06 before being injured.

In 2008, Campbell founded Double Eagle Energy Holdings with his high school friend John Sellers. The principal business of Double Eagle is "crude oil and natural gas exploration, development and production through horizontal and vertical operations in the Midland Basin of West Texas."

Last year, Campbell and Sellers sold the company to Pioneer Natural Resources Energy Inc. for $6.4 billion.

Campbell is very wealthy, and he hasn't forgotten the city and college that have helped him.

Philanthropy

Last December, Campbell gave $25 million to Texas Tech as part of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. The money will be used toward the renovation of the Football Training Facility and the south end zone of Jones AT&T Stadium.

It is one of the largest one-time gifts ever made to the athletics department at Texas Tech. The donation was also the fourth biggest gift made by a North Texan in 2021.

Readers, what do you think of Campbell's donation? Do you think he should also support other organizations in Lubbock? What else would you like to see him support?

Please leave your comments below.

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