D. J. Campbell (American football)

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D. J. Campbell
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Campbell at California in 2010.
No. -- Free agent
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-24) July 24, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Cheyenne (NV) High School
College: California
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 216
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-12 (2011)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 15
Passes Defended: 1
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Darion Lamar Campbell, Jr. (born July 24, 1989) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round (216th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Campbell played college football at California.

Early years[edit]

Campbell played high school basketball and football at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was a two-time first-team All-State selection in the latter sport.[1] As a senior cornerback, Campbell led his team with 61 tackles and had eight interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns.[1] He was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 3 prospect in the state.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Campbell played college football at California after also receiving 39 scholarship offers from schools such as Arizona State, Fresno State, Nevada, UNLV and UTEP.[2][3] In four seasons at Cal, Campbell started 14 of 46 games played and totaled 110 tackles (4.5 for a loss), two sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, one forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.[1]

After being named Scout Team Player of the Year while redshirting in 2007, Campbell played in 23 games during his first two seasons and totaled 18 tackles.[1] He had 21 tackles in 12 games as a junior in 2010, making his first career start at Washington State.[1]

Campbell became a full-time starter at safety as a senior in 2011, opening all 13 contests and recording 71 tackles and two interceptions in his way to being named an honorable mention All-Pac-12.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2012 NFL Draft[edit]

Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, Campbell ran a 4.51 40-yard dash and posted a 38-inch vertical leap at Cal's Pro Day.[1] His 22 bench press reps of 225 pounds would have tied for first among safeties at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.[1] Projected by Pro Football Weekly as a late-round pick,[3] Campbell had a pre-draft visit with the Dallas Cowboys visit in April.[4]

On April 28, Campbell was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round (216th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.[1][5] He was the Panthers' seventh and final selection of the draft and joined cornerback Josh Norman as one of two defensive backs selected by the team.[5]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Campbell agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Panthers on May 10, 2012.[6] As a rookie, he was inactive for the first 11 regular season contests of the year, but ended up starting four of the final five games at strong safety due to an injury to Charles Godfrey.[7] The Panthers won each of his starts, ending the season on a four-game winning streak as Campbell finished his rookie campaign with 12 tackled and a pass defensed.[8]

In 2013, Campbell lost a competition for the Panthers' starting strong safety job to Mike Mitchell during the preseason and eventually landed on injured reserve with a leg injury.[9] He was waived with an injury settlement on September 9, making him a free agent.[9]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

The Miami Dolphins signed Campbell to their practice squad on October 18, 2013.[10] On November 11, he was promoted to the active roster to replace waived safety Jordan Kovacs prior to the Dolphins' Monday Night Football meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[11]

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Campbell signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on January 7, 2014.[12] The 49ers waived Campbell on August 25, 2014.[13]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On February 4, 2015, Campbell was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.[14] On August 11, 2015, he was released by the Cardinals.

Personal life[edit]

Campbell has an older sister and a younger brother.[3] When he was six years old, his 27-year-old mother, Deborah, suffered a fatal gunshot wound.[3] As a result of the killing, his father, Darion Sr., was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 13 years in prison and his uncle, Uricos, was convicted of second-degree murder.[3] Campbell, Jr. and his two siblings later lived with his aunt, Valencia, and his uncle.[3]

Campbell considers himself an Atlanta Braves fan, which stems from memories of his later mother.[3] He majored in social welfare at California, Berkeley.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "D.J. Campbell biography". CalBears.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "D.J. Campbell". Rivals.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sports, family helped Carolina Panthers rookie D.J. Campbell deal with mother's killing". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "D.J. Campbell". KFFL.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Carolina Panthers 2012 Picks". ESPN.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Panthers agree to terms with D.J. Campbell". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "D.J. Campbell". Panthers.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "D.J. Campbell: Game Logs at NFL.com". NFL.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Carolina Panthers reach injury settlement with safety DJ Campbell, per Joe Person report". CatScratchReader.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Source: Dolphins try out for defensive backs". NationalFootballPost.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dolphins promote safety DJ Campbell, Waive Jordan Kovacs". ThePhinsider.com. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Hurley, Jason. "49ers reportedly sign SS D.J. Campbell, and P Colton Schmidt to reserve/future deals". Ninercaphell.com. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  13. ^ 49ers Waive Seven Players, Cut Roster To 75
  14. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (February 4, 2015). "Arizona Cardinals sign safety D.J. Campbell". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 

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