- IUB Athletics Hall of Fame (1990)
Earl won football letters in 1958, 1959 and 1960 and played end and led IU in receiving in both 1958 and 1960. He was All-Big Ten in 1960 and a third team All-American. Earl was IU's Most Valuable Player in 1960, played in East-West game, All-American game and Hula Bowl. He later played professionally for many years, most of them with the San Diego Chargers. Earl is a member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame.