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Campbell Back at Mich. St. Campus

September 9, 1998

LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan State cornerback Amp Campbell returned to campus Wednesday, five days after undergoing spinal-fusion surgery for a fractured neck that ended his season.

``It almost brought tears to my eyes today when I walked out on the practice field, people coming up and shaking my hand. It shows me they care about me. I’m proud to be a part of this football team,″ he said.

The 23-year-old Michigan State co-captain broke the sixth and seventh vertebrae in his neck during a 48-14 loss at Oregon that dropped the Spartans to 0-2.

The 6-foot, 186-pound senior wouldn’t speculate on whether his football career is over. He’s on pace to graduate in May with a telecommunications degree. He has started in 25 of 26 games the past three seasons and had 10 tackles this fall.

Doctors have told Campbell that he faces at least a year of recovery. While they haven’t completely ruled out football, they said it will be a while before he can even consider whether playing again.

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