Dan Campbell

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Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell.jpg
Campbell as tight ends coach for the Dolphins in 2011
Miami Dolphins
Position: Interim head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-04-13) April 13, 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth: Bosque County, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Glen Rose (TX)
College: Texas A&M
NFL draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 91
Receiving yards: 934
Receiving TDs: 11
Stats at NFL.com

Daniel Allen Campbell (born April 13, 1976) is a former American football tight end and currently the Interim Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins. He played tight end for four teams in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. On October 5, 2015 Campbell was promoted to interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins following the firing of head coach Joe Philbin.[1]

Early years[edit]

Campbell was born in Clifton, Texas and attended Glen Rose High School, where he was a fullback. As a senior he recorded 27 receptions for 423 yards and five touchdowns.

He played college football at Texas A&M. As a senior, he shared tight end duties, starting games at the "B" slot, flanker and split end, registering 12 receptions for 143 yards (11.9 avg.) and 2 touchdowns.

Playing career[edit]

New York Giants[edit]

Campbell was selected by the New York Giants in the third round (79th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. In 2000, he became the team's starting tight end and was mainly used as a blocker. He was a part of the Super Bowl XXXV team.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Campbell was one of the first free agents to sign with the Dallas Cowboys after Bill Parcells was named the head coach in 2003. He quickly became a team leader and although Jason Witten emerged as the main tight end, he still served as a mentor and remained a key blocker on the offensive line.[2]

In 2004, he only played in three games because of torn ligaments in his foot and was placed on the injured reserve list on September 30. The next year he recovered from appendectomy surgery (July 27), missing only 10 days of practice and returned to start all four preseason games. The team employed two-tight end sets, which allowed him to start 12 games.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On March 14, 2006, he was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions. Known mostly as a blocking tight end, he posted career-highs in receiving yards (308), average per reception (14.7 avg), long reception (30 yards) and touchdowns (4) (the most by a Lions tight end since 2001).

On September 22, 2007, he was placed on the injured reserve list with an elbow injury. On September 9, 2008, he was again placed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury. He was released on February 9, 2009.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On February 26, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints reuniting with head coach Sean Payton who was his offensive coordinator with the Cowboys. On August 10, he was placed on the injured reserve list with an MCL injury he suffered in training camp.[3] He was still able to receive his first Super Bowl ring and retired at the end of the year.

Coaching career[edit]

Campbell was the tight ends coach with the Miami Dolphins until he took over as the interim head coach when Joe Philbin was fired on October 5, 2015. Owner Stephen Ross stated "The grit that Dan possesses will do wonders in that locker room."