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Calais Campbell
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Campbell in 2013
No. 93 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1986-09-01) 1 September 1986 (age 33)
Denver, Colorado
Height:6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:South (Denver, Colorado)
College:Miami (FL)
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2008 2016)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:640
Sacks:81.5
Pass deflections:47
Forced fumbles:12
Interceptions:3
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Calais Malik Campbell[2] (born September 1, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Early yearsEdit

Campbell played his high school football at South High School in Denver, Colorado. Widely regarded as one of the nation's top defensive end prospects, he was ranked as the tenth best strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and the seventh overall defensive end by Scout.com.[3][4] He amassed a state-record total of 57 sacks in his career at South High School.

In addition to football, Campbell also starred on the school's basketball team; averaging 22.7 points (fourth best in Colorado), 16.0 rebounds per game (led the state) and 3.3 blocks per game, he was an All-State basketball selection as a junior.[4][citation needed] Campbell also competed in track & field at South HS, qualifying for the state meet in the discus and shot put in 2003. His track and field personal bests: 21 feet (6.4 m) in the long jump, 48 feet (15 m) in the shot put, 135 feet (41 m) in the discus and 44 feet 2 inches (13.46 m) in the triple jump.[5]

Campbell chose Miami over Colorado State, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Michigan, Oklahoma, and San Diego State.[6]

College careerEdit

Campbell first saw playing time at Miami in the 2005 season.[7] In 11 games, he recorded 24 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three passes defensed.[8] In the 2006 season, he had 55 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. He recorded at least three sacks in a single game on three occasions in the 2006 season.[9] In his final season with the Hurricanes in 2007, he had 50 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and one interception, which came against Marshall in the season opener.[10]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Calais Campbell Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
2005 Miami (FL) ACC FR DL 11 15 9 24 6.0 2.5 0 0 0.0 0 3 0 0 0 0
2006 Miami (FL) ACC SO DL 13 38 17 55 20.5 10.5 0 0 0.0 0 4 1 1 0 3
2007 Miami (FL) ACC JR DL 12 30 20 50 12.5 6.5 1 1 1.0 0 3 0 0 0 0
Career Miami (FL) 36 83 46 129 39.0 19.5 1 1 1.0 0 10 1 1 0 3

Professional careerEdit

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16px Calais Campbell's NFL Combine Workout
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7¾ in 290 lb 5.00 s 1.72 s 2.88 s 4.63 s 7.19 s 34½ in 9 ft 3 in 16 reps

Arizona CardinalsEdit

The Arizona Cardinals selected Campbell in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Campbell was the sixth defensive end drafted in 2008.[11] The Arizona Cardinals had no immediate need for a starting-caliber defensive end, but chose to make a value pick and draft Campbell after he unexpectedly fell out of the first round and was considered the top player available at the time of their selection.[12]

2008Edit

On July 24, 2008, the Arizona Cardinals signed Campbell to a four-year, $3.40 million contract with $1.68 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $484,500.[13][14]

Campbell entered training camp slated as a backup defensive end and competed against Bryan Robinson and fellow rookie Kenny Iwebema for a spot in the rotation.[15] Head coach Ken Whisenhunt officially named Campbell a backup defensive end to start the regular season, behind veterans Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith.[16]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Arizona Cardinals' season-opener at the San Francisco 49ers and assisted on a tackle in their 23–13 victory.[17] The following week, Campbell collected a season-high four solo tackles in the Cardinals' 31–10 victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.[17] On December 21, 2008, Campbell tied his season-high of four solo tackles during a 47–7 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 16.[17] He completed his rookie season in 2008 with 28 combined tackles (23 solo), a pass defended, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 16 games and zero starts.[18]

The Arizona Cardinals finished atop The NFC West with a 9–7 record and qualified for a playoff berth in 2008. On January 3, 2009, Campbell appeared in his first career playoff game and made two combined tackles during a 30–24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card Round.[17] The Cardinals reached Super Bowl XLIII after defeating the Carolina Panthers 33–13 in the NFC Divisional Round and defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 32–25 in the NFC Championship.[17] On February 1, 2009, Campbell appeared in Super Bowl XLIII and recorded two combined tackles as the Cardinals lost 27–23 in a closely contested match that was decided as time expired. Campbell finished the playoffs with eight combined tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection.[17]

2009Edit

On February 9, 2009, head coach Ken Whisenhunt fired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast due to the defense's inability to hold onto a 23–20 lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII.[19] Campbell entered training camp slated as a starting defensive end after Antonio Smith departed for the Houston Texans during free agency. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis opted to switch from a base 4-3 defense to a base 3-4 defense. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt named Campbell the starting left defensive end, opposite Darnell Dockett and alongside nose tackle Bryan Robinson, to begin the regular season.[20]

He made his first career start in the Arizona Cardinals' season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded a season-high six solo tackles and deflected a pass in their 20–16 loss.[21] The following week, Campbell made a tackle, broke up a pass, and was credited with half a sack during a 31–17 victory at the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.[21] His first career sack was with teammate Adrian Wilson, as the two brought down quarterback David Garrard in the fourth quarter.[22] On October 18, 2009, Campbell recorded three combined tackles and a season-high 1.5 sacks during a 27–3 win at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. He sacked quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter to mark the first solo sack of his career.[23] In Week 8, he collected a season-high seven combined tackles (six solo) in the Cardinals' 34–21 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[21] Campbell finished the 2009 season with a total of 45 combined tackles (37 solo), seven sacks, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 15 starts.[18]

The Arizona Cardinals finished first in the NFC West with a 10–6 record and defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime 51–45 during the NFC Wild Card Round.[21] On January 16, 2010, Campbell started his first career playoff game and made three solo tackles in a 45–14 loss at the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round.[21]

2010Edit

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt chose to retain Campbell and Darnell Dockett as the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season, along with nose tackle Bryan Robinson.[24]

He was sidelined during the Cardinals' Week 12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers after injuring his ankle the previous week.[25] On November 29, 2010, Campbell recorded a season-high 11 combined tackles (nine solo) and sacked quarterback Jimmy Clausen during a 19–12 loss at the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.[26] The following week, he made two solo tackles and a sack in the Cardinals' 27–26 win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16.[27] It marked his second consecutive game with a sack and his sixth sack of the season. Campbell finished the season with 60 combined tackles (46 solo), six sacks, and two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery in 15 games and 15 starts.[18]

2011Edit

On January 6, 2011, head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced the firing of defensive coordinator Billy Davis after the Cardinals finished with a 5–11 record and allowed the third most points in the league in 2010.[28] Head coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary coach, Ray Horton, as the Cardinals new defensive coordinator. Horton employed a base 3-4 defense that utilized multiple fronts.[29][30] Horton retained Campbell and Darnell Dockett as the starting defensive ends to start the season, along with nose tackle Dan Williams.[31]

On September 25, 2011, Campbell made a season-high ten combined tackles (five solo) and was credited with a season-high 2.5 sacks on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson during a 13–10 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3.[32] In Week 9, he collected six solo tackles and made two sacks on quarterback Sam Bradford in the Cardinals' 19–13 win against the St. Louis Rams.[33] The following week, he made two solo tackles, two pass deflections, and made his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Michael Vick in the third quarter of a 21–17 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.[34] He finished the season with a career-high 72 combined tackles (53 solo), ten pass deflections, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts.[18] He also appeared on special teams and blocked three field goals during the season.[35] Campbell predominantly lined up in the five-technique in his first season under Ray Horton.[36][29]

2012Edit

On March 2, 2012, the Arizona Cardinals placed their non-exclusive franchise tag to Campbell for the 2012 season.[37][38] On May 10, 2012, the Arizona Cardinals signed Campbell to a five-year, $55 million contract with $31 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $15 million.[13][39]

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt retained Campbell, Darnell Dockett, and nose tackle Dan Williams as the starting defensive linemen to begin the regular season.[40] On September 16, 2012, Campbell collected a season-high ten combined tackles (seven solo) and recorded two sacks on quarterback Tom Brady in a 20–18 win at the New England Patriots in Week 2.[41] Campbell was inactive for three games (Weeks 11–13) due to an injury to his right calf.[42] In Week 16, he collected eight combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recorded a sack during a 28–13 loss to the Chicago Bears. The following week, Campbell made two solo tackles and a sack in the Cardinals' 27–13 loss at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17.[43] Campbell completed the 2012 season with 65 combined tackles (50 solo), 6.5 sacks, and six pass deflections in 13 games and 12 starts.[18]

2013Edit

On January 8, 2013, the Arizona Cardinals fired general manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt after the team finished last in their division with a 5–11 record in 2012.[44] On January 18, 2013, it was reported that defensive coordinator Ray Horton demanded his release after Bruce Arians was hired as the new head coach instead of Horton.[45] Head coach Bruce Arians officially named Campbell and Darnell Dockett the starting defensive ends to begin the 2013 season.[46]

On October 6, 2013, Campbell recorded four solo tackles, two sacks, and earned his first career safety during a 22–6 victory against the Carolina Panthers in Week 4. He sacked quarterback Cam Newton for a five-yard loss in the endzone to record a safety in the third quarter.[47] In Week 7, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles in a 34–22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. On December 22, 2013, Campbell recorded four combined tackles and sacked quarterback Russell Wilson twice to tie his season-high during a 17–10 win at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.[48] Campbell started all 16 games in 2013 and recorded 58 combined tackles (45 solo), nine sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and a safety.[18] The Arizona Cardinals' new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, retained the base 3-4 defense, but also used multiple fronts with an emphasis on blitzing. Campbell was continually used as a defensive end and also lined up at defensive tackle in the three-technique for 8.4% of his defensive snaps.[49][50]

2014Edit

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles retained Campbell as the starting left defensive end to start the regular season, alongside nose tackle Dan Williams and right defensive end Frostee Rucker.[51]

On September 16, 2014, Campbell collected a season-high ten solo tackles and a sack during a 25–14 win at the New York Giants. In Week 5, Campbell recorded two solo tackles, deflected a pass, and made the second interception of his career in the Cardinals' 41–20 loss at the Denver Broncos. His interception came off a pass attempt by quarterback Peyton Manning and was a screen pass intended for running back Montee Ball in the second quarter.[52] Campbell exited in the third quarter due to a leg injury he sustained on a chop block by tight end Julius Thomas. Head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the chop block and stated, "the dirtiest play I have seen in 37 years of coaching football!"[53] Campbell was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and was sidelined for the next two games (Weeks 6–7).[54] On November 23, 2014, Campbell made six combined tackles and had a career-high three sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson during the Cardinals' 19–3 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12.[55] On December 24, 2014, it was announced that Campbell was voted to the Pro Bowl to mark the first Pro Bowl selection of his career.[56] He finished the season with 58 combined tackles (48 solo), seven sacks, three passes defended, an interception, and a forced fumble in 14 games and 14 starts.[18] Campbell lined up at defensive tackle for 14.7% of his snaps.[57]

The Arizona Cardinals finished second in the NFC West with an 11–5 record and earned a Wild Card berth to mark their first postseason appearance since 2009. On January 3, 2015, Campbell made four combined tackles in the Cardinals 27–16 loss in the Wild Card Round at the Carolina Panthers.[58]

2015Edit

Head coach Bruce Arians promoted Cardinals' linebackers coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator after Todd Bowles accepted a job as the head coach for the New York Jets. Bettcher chose to retain Campbell and Frostee Rucker as the starting defensive ends with Josh Mauro and Rodney Gunter sharing the role at nose tackle.[59]

In Week 4, Campbell collected a career-high 11 combined tackles (ten solo) and was credited with half a sack during a 24–22 loss to the St. Louis Rams. On October 21, 2015, it was reported that Campbell had his position reclassified as defensive tackle after lining up on the interior defensive line for 70.8% of his plays during the first six games. Campbell gave his approval when the Cardinals asked him to primarily play inside and had his position changed to reflect the move to defensive tackle on the team's depth chart. Although Campbell was listed as a defensive tackle he stated his duties would remain the same and he would still line up at defensive end when required.[57] On December 22, 2015, Campbell was selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl. It became his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection and his first as a defensive tackle.[60] On December 27, 2015, he recorded six combined tackles and had a season-high 2.5 sacks on Aaron Rodgers as the Cardinals routed the Green Bay Packers 38–8 in Week 16. He completed the 2015 season with 61 combined tackles (46 solo), five sacks, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 16 starts.[18] Campbell was lined up in multiple positions and also remained on the field during dime packages. The Cardinals had moderate success in their first season under Bettcher and finished fifth in yards allowed.[61] He was ranked 71st on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[62]

2016Edit

Head coach Bruce Arians named Campbell the starting defensive tackle to begin the season, along with Rodney Gunter.[63] On October 6, 2016, Campbell recorded four combined tackles, two sacks, deflected a pass, made an interception, and a safety during a 33–21 win at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. He intercepted a pass attempt by quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter, that was intended for tight end Garrett Celek, and registered a safety after sacking Gabbert for a one-yard loss in the endzone during the fourth quarter.[64] In Week 8, he collected a season-high nine combined tackles during a 30–20 loss at the Carolina Panthers.[65] In Week 14, Campbell recorded four solo tackles, two sacks, recovered a fumble, and scored his first career touchdown in the Cardinals' 48–41 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Drew Brees had the ball stripped by Markus Golden and it was recovered by Campbell and returned for. 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter.[66] He recorded 53 combined tackles (46 solo), eight sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, a safety, an interception, and a touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts.[18] He was ranked 83rd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[67] He received an overall grade of 90.4 from Pro Football Focus and ranked second among all interior defensive lineman in 2016.[68]

2017Edit

Campbell became an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and received interest from multiple teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals offered Campbell a contract that amounted to $9 million per year.[69] His second best offer was from the Denver Broncos, which is his hometown team, and amounted to a $13 million per a year.[70]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On March 9, 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract that includes $30 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6 million.[71][72]

Head coach Doug Marrone chose to move Campbell back to defensive end and named him the starter to begin the regular season, opposite Yannick Ngakoue. Campbell and Ngakoue joined defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Abry Jones.[73]

He started in the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opener at the Houston Texans and recorded six combined tackles and made a career-high four sacks on quarterback Tom Savage in their 29–7 victory. Campbell's four sacks set a franchise record and the defense also set a franchise record with a combined ten sacks.[74] His performance earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[75] During the course of the season, the Jaguars' defense earned the moniker "Sacksonville". In Week 13, Campbell brought his sack total to 12.5 sacks, which set a Jaguars franchise record for most sacks in a season.[76] On November 26, 2017, Campbell returned to Arizona to face his former team and recorded three solo tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown as the Jaguars were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 in Week 12. During the fourth quarter, Cardinals' quarterback Blaine Gabbert was stripped by Yannick Ngakoue and Campbell was able to recover the ball and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown.[77] On December 17, 2017, Campbell made five solo tackles, a pass deflection, and two sacks during a 45–7 victory against the Houston Texans.[78] The game marked his fourth multi-sack performance of the 2017 season. The following week, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles and deflected a pass during a 44–33 loss at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16.[78] On December 19, 2017, Campbell was voted to the 2018 Pro Bowl, which became his third Pro Bowl selection.[79] He finished the season with 67 combined tackles (47 solo), a career-high 14.5 sacks, three pass deflections, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts.[18] Pro Football Focus gave Campbell an overall grade of 93.5, which ranked as the fourth highest grade among all edge rushers in 2017.[80]

The Jaguars finished first in the AFC South with a 10–6 record and received a Wild Card berth. On January 7, 2018, Campbell recorded six combined tackles during a 10–3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card Game.[78] The Jaguars went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 45–42 in the AFC Divisional Round before being eliminated from the playoffs after losing 24–20 at the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game.[78] He was ranked 14th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[81]

2018Edit

In the 2018 season, Campbell finished with 10.5 sacks, 72 total tackles, 22 quarterback hits, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble.[82] The Jaguars did not retain their overall success from the previous season, this time finishing with a 5–11 record.[83] Despite the Jaguars' disappointing season, Campbell was named to his fourth career Pro Bowl.[84]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2008 ARI 16 0 28 23 5 0.0 1 1
2009 ARI 16 15 48 37 11 7.0 5 1
2010 ARI 15 15 60 46 14 6.0 2 0
2011 ARI 16 16 72 53 19 8.0 10 1 0 0.0 0 0 2
2012 ARI 13 12 63 50 13 6.5 17 0
2013 ARI 16 16 58 45 13 9.0 1 6 1
2014 ARI 14 14 58 48 10 7.0 3 1 23 23.0 23 0 1
2015 ARI 16 16 61 46 15 5.0 3 0
2016 ARI 16 16 53 34 19 8.0 1 6 1 1 1.0 1 2
2017 JAX 16 16 67 47 20 14.5 3 3
2018 JAX 16 16 72 53 19 10.5 2 1
Total 170 152 640 482 158 81.5 2 47 3 24 8.0 23 0 12

NFL recordsEdit

Jaguars franchise recordsEdit

  • Most sacks in a game (4)
  • Most sacks in a season (14.5)

Personal lifeEdit

Campbell was born in Denver, Colorado, to Charles and Nateal Campbell. He was raised with seven siblings. He has two sisters, Kimba Blaylock and Keyonne Campbell, and five brothers: Jamar, Raj, Ciarre, Severin, and Jared. His father, Charles Campbell, died in late 2003. Jared Campbell, a touring stand up comedian, also played football with Calais at both University of Miami and Arizona Cardinals as a defensive back. His brothers Ciarre and Raj played college football at Colorado State and Butte Junior College, respectively. His brother Severin played at the University of Montana. In December 2007, Campbell graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Sociology. On January 21, 2015, it was announced that Calais Campbell had given $1.6 million to the Hurricanes to establish an endowed scholarship for defensive linemen in perpetuity at the University of Miami.[85] He appeared on the first episode of seventh season of The League, appearing with former teammate Tyrann Mathieu.[86]

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