Calais at a CRC Foundation fundraiser
|No. 93 Arizona Cardinals|
|Date of birth:||September 1, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Denver, Colorado|
|Height:||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Denver (CO) South|
|NFL draft:||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Calais Malik Campbell (born September 1, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Miami.
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 the number 10 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and number 7 overall defensive end by Scout.com. He amassed a state-record total of 57 sacks in his career at South High School. 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, Campbell was an All-State basketball selection as a junior. He chose Miami over Colorado State, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Michigan, Oklahoma, and San Diego State.
Campbell was selected 50th overall in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
During the 2011 season, Campbell stepped up as a defender for the Cardinals with the defensive scheming of their new Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton. Campbell racked up 8.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and an interception. On special teams play, he blocked 3 field goals during the season. At the end on the season, the Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Campbell because his contract had run out. During the off-season between 2011 and 2012, the Cardinals reached a long-term agreement with Campbell, signing him to a five-year, $55 million contract. The deal contains $31 million guaranteed.
Campbell was born in Denver, Colorado, to Charles and Nateal Campbell. He was raised with 7 siblings. He has two sisters, Kemba and Keyonne, and five brothers: Jamar, Raj, Ciarre, Severin and Jared. His father, Charles Campbell, died in late 2003. Jared has signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent, reuniting with Calais. His brothers Ciarre and Raj played college football at Colorado State and Butte Junior College, respectively. His brother Severin is at the University of Montana where he plays defensive end. 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.