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Campbell reminisces on Northern, MSU playing days | USA Today High School Sports

A week after one of the most memorable special teams plays in Michigan State — and college football — history, one of the Spartans’ best special teams players will be honored.

Marshall “Duke” Campbell, a Port Huron Northern and MSU alum, will be enshrined into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted on Saturday along with Jacqueline “Jackie” Jeffery, Randy Shagena, Daryel McCarrel, Mary Kay Baribeau, Dave Forstner and the 1970 St. Clair County Community College men’s golf team.

The induction banquet will be held in the Atrium at the student center at SC4. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is former Denver Broncos offensive lineman George Goeddeke.

Campbell, who was on every Spartans special teams squad except field goal unit, wore the green and white on the football field from 2003-05 after walking on as a sophomore. He was there for the end of the Bobby Williams era and the beginning of John L. Smith’s, which included a trip to the Alamo Bowl in 2003.

“I thought John L. was a great guy, so was Bobby,” Campbell said. “(Smith) had a really good staff, he kept some of Bobby’s guys … he was a wily guy.”

However, Big Ten football wasn’t part of the original plan.

“Hockey is what I wanted to do and I had plans to do some things, but I lost interest,” Campbell said. “I went to Canada to do some things and I went to SC4 to focus on school. When I was at MSU I saw the football players and I wondered if I could play.”

And boy could he play. Campbell was always a threat to block a kick or punt, highlighted with a first half blocked punt in 2004 against top ten-ranked Wisconsin. That day the Spartans waxed the Badgers to the tune of a 49-14 win, marking Campbell’s favorite memory in a Spartans jersey.

When he was a Husky, Campbell just about did it all year-round. He played linebacker on the football field, goalie on the ice and centerfield on the baseball diamond. One moment that won’t leave his memory any time soon is the night he stopped more than 30 shots to help Northern beat Marquette, which was ranked No. 1 in the state.

Now that Campbell is back home in Port Huron, he wants to one day give back to the sporting community. However, raising his firstborn 18-month-old daughter, Madeleine, with his wife, Stephanie, is certainly his top priority right now.

Until Campbell makes another footprint on a local field, his Hall of Fame night will hold him over.

“It’s a great honor to be enshrined, there were so many people that have to do with my life that have been inducted before me,” Campbell said. “It’s great to be mentioned in the same breathe as them.”

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