Calais Campbell has made a name for himself while with the Arizona Cardinals, but faces questions heading in to final 2 games
In 2008 the Arizona Cardinals used their second round pick on a huge defensive end out of Miami. What they didn’t know was they were drafting a player who would make a impact on the franchise more than just on the field. That player was Calais Campbell.
Campbell joined the Cardinals in 2008, the year they made a memorable Superbowl run. With his size, play, and personality, he instantly became a fan favorite. Now in 2016 he is facing free agency and a potential departure from Arizona where he has spent 9 seasons.
“What could have been his final home game in Arizona, Campbell made it memorable.”
In his 9 seasons in Arizona he has been named to 2 Pro Bowls (2014,2015) and was named a second team All-Pro in 2014. In last weeks game against the Saints he became the 2nd all time leader in sacks for the Cardinals with 54.5.
Campbell’s play has been consistent and healthy in his years with the Cardinals. In 9 season he has missed 8 games, is averaging 5+ sacks a year since 2009, and is always putting up tackles. Because of his size he is so effective on the defensive line. His long arms and power can bull rush offensive lineman, deflect a pass and block field goals.
What could have been his final home game in Arizona, Campbell made it memorable. He posted 4 tackles with 2 sacks and a 53 yard fumble return touchdown, his first touchdown as a pro.
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After the game against New Orleans Campbell said “Before the game, I was getting chills in my back just thinking about the honor I’ve had to be able to play with this group of men and for this organization for as long as I have,” He also went on to say what an honor it was, being able to be in the Cardinals locker room.
Losing Calais Campbell after this season would be a tough loss. Not only because of his play and presence on the field, but a player who makes an impact in the locker room as a leader. Before games you will notice Campbell is always pumping his teammates up, during games he does the same. He is a leader, and is respected throughout the organization.
What Calais has done for Arizona will never be forgotten. He will always be remembered as the giant on the line. If this is his final 2 games in a Cardinals uniform, you can bet the big guy is going to go out there and give it his all, and everyone will be right behind him.