Caleb Campbell officially returns to Lions

Caleb Campbell is officially a Detroit Lion.  Again.

The Army 1st Lt.signed a deal with the Lions before joining the team for this weekend’s rookie minicamp, according to Warren McCarty on ESPN Radio 1440.

The news is no surprise; we mentioned in our one-liners today Campbell would be joining the team again this weekend.  Campbell was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, but the Army changed their policy of soliders playing professional sports in July 2008.

Campbell hasn’t played football since, so he is naturally worried about rust.  He’s also expected to transition from safety to linebacker.

44 responses to “Caleb Campbell officially returns to Lions

  1. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! I see alot of Afghan/Iraq anger getting laid into some peeps.
    I hate the Lions and Detroit in general ( cept the housing market…10,000 you can get a nice house!) But great for this guy!!!

  2. Good for him. He might have a chance to get some playing time considering the Lions traded away Ernie Sims.

  3. good luck to caleb; he deserves to play in the nfl…as a bears fan, he will be the only lion I ever root for.

  4. He has also been training for the olympics in luge and was running in the 4.4’s at his workout.
    Rust? Sure
    But he is in better shape then any of these rook’s coming in!

  5. Ahh….the prodigal son returns. Caleb, the little known third brother of Cain and Abel.

  6. # raiders177 says: April 29, 2010 5:56 PM
    Good for him, I wish him the best.
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    I second that.

  7. Am I cynical for seeing through this as a total PR move? Nobody stays interested in a 7th round draft pick when he hasn’t played competitive ball in two years.

  8. The Lions aren’t my team, but I’ll absolutely be rooting for this guy.

  9. LiberalGuilt says:
    April 29, 2010 6:47 PM
    Am I cynical for seeing through this as a total PR move? Nobody stays interested in a 7th round draft pick when he hasn’t played competitive ball in two years.
    shut up

  10. Who knows how this dude will pan out at this point.
    However, a 6’2″ 230lb linebacker with ~4.5 forty speed seems to have a chance, considering he has the build to easily add another 10 lbs.
    A good value pick in the 7th round in 2008, and clearly a value move with no downside in 2010.

  11. @ LiberalGuilt
    Unless he plays for a team full of holes in the defense…no PR move necessary. Seems to me that the Lions are doing EVERYTHING necessary to get the right players in place. If memory serves me, he could have been drafted in the middle rounds if not for the teams around the NFL being concerned of his military status…

  12. Roger Staubach served in Vietnam as did Rocky Blier so the is a precident of players coming to the NFL after serving their country

  13. Somebody, anybody, willing to put their life on the line for your rights you should be proud of LiberalGuilt you jerk. You should commend them, not condone them even if he doesn’t make the team. Figures someone like you would come up with a negative slant towards someone who’s served their country.

  14. Welcome back! Strange that he might be the only soldier that will play in Soldier Field this year!

  15. LiberalGuilt says:
    April 29, 2010 6:47 PM
    Am I cynical for seeing through this as a total PR move? Nobody stays interested in a 7th round draft pick when he hasn’t played competitive ball in two years.
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    Name says it all. LIBERAL PINHEAD!
    Thank you Caleb Campbell for serving our country. I wish you the best in your NFL career and in your life in general.

  16. Detroit is the gutter of the north. If it got warm enough up there it would smell worse than New Jersey……..Giggity giggity
    Lions are the worst team in the history of the world-that includes the universe.

  17. rolli1967 says:
    Name says it all. LIBERAL PINHEAD!
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    Use of the word “pinhead” says it all. Your favorite show started 3 minutes ago, hurry!

  18. Good luck Caleb…. Just for the record, Caleb was scheduled to go by round 3 to 4 if it wasn’t for his military obligations scaring people away…. I hope he lights things up…. Welcome to the team Caleb

  19. I don’t think Liberal Guilt means he’s liberal necessarily… but while there is PR to be had, what’s wrong with giving the guy his chance? Hell, guys have sat out and came back and ‘made it’ so to speak… look at Run Ricky Run! Chris Henry had his share, etc…
    True he was a 7th rounder, but he could still make THE FRICKIN LIONS!

  20. nfcbeast is that all you have? Wow joke about Detroit! How about you come to the D if you are not scared.

  21. @ LiberalGuilt
    Wow, man, you are clueless! Maybe u should stick to the Mojave Desert cross debate or immigration.
    Chad Hennings was an 11th round pick of the Cowboys in ’88, served 4 years in the Air Force, and came back to play 9 years.
    Naploeon McCallum served his 5 year commitment with the Navy and came back to play with the Raiders (untimely injury, though)
    For a more contemporary player, Kyle Eckel was on the Reserve/Military list for a season or two, as well, and he was an undrafted free agent.
    Yeah, there’s no guarantee that C. Campbell will make the roster, or even get out of this rookie mini-camp. But, there is precedent for teams who take flier’s on players from service acadamies (the NFL has a Reserve/Military list). Good luck to him in his pursuits, and thank you for your service.

  22. yeah well as a lifelong Bears fan and a Liberal I’m seriously rooting for this guy to make the team..
    I thought he laid some serious hits with the Cadets..

  23. hahaha what are you 12? Yeah, i’ll come say it to the city’s shitty skyline….Go iron your Eminem T-shirt and go protest another GM plant closing.

  24. LiberalGuilt says:
    April 29, 2010 6:47 PM
    Am I cynical for seeing through this as a total PR move? Nobody stays interested in a 7th round draft pick when he hasn’t played competitive ball in two years.
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    Name says it all. LIBERAL PINHEAD!
    Thank you Caleb Campbell for serving our country. I wish you the best in your NFL career and in your life in general.
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    Actually using the name “liberal guilt” is meant to be a slam against liberals, so this guy is actually anti-liberal.

  25. Real Vikings fans wouldn’t cheer for Favre says:
    April 29, 2010 8:02 PM
    rolli1967 says:
    Name says it all. LIBERAL PINHEAD!
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    Use of the word “pinhead” says it all. Your favorite show started 3 minutes ago, hurry!
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    @real viking fans……..
    If the shoe fits…….it does not matter that O’Reilly coined the term. I could think of a lot more worse things to call liberals but I’ll just leave it at that…..this is not a political forum.

  26. @HerbertJablonski,
    Thanks for pointing that out. I should have thought more about that one.
    @LiberalGuilt:
    My apologies for calling you a “liberal pinhead”, however I stand by my critisizm of being so cynical of a man who is honorably serving our country.

  27. Let me get this straight, y’all think he served his country? Correction: he served himself! Lets look at what he’s done:
    -accepted an appointment to one of the finest military institutions in the country, nay the world. Thousands of fine applicants were rejected to give him that 1:1300 seat.
    -by accepting the appointment agreed to a term of duty and service after graduation
    -got trained to serve this country as an officer in the military under this agreement
    -upon graduation gets drafted by the NFL and applies to get out of having to honor the agreement he made to serve the country in the military.
    -once he’s refused early release and is facing an actual deployment he suddenly decided he would now like to be an Olympic athlete in an event he had never had a previous affiliation with, had no hope of making the team, and didn’t come close to making the team.
    -after 2 years of still basically doing nothing to honor his service agreement just riding along on an athletic loophole he applies to now go get paid for playing a game.
    While he legally didn’t do anything wrong he is anything but a hero or a man of honor. Thousands of actual brave men and women died or were injured in service of this country while he did everything he could to take advantage of the system and avoid manning up and serving his country as he had agreed.
    I hope he does well with the Lions, but please don’t confuse what type of man he is with someone of honor and worthy of your respect.
    The following words mean nothing to him:
    “”I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)”

  28. You don’t have to die or even go overseas to have served the country. I’m sure he didn’t twiddle his thumbs while he was in. I’m sure he served a purpose. And in all honesty, I bet most of the soldiers I’ve known (myself included) would try to get out if we had an opportunity to play in the NFL. Thats like winning the lottery. That said, if he dodged going over, I have no respect for that at all.

  29. Ee Oulo,
    I think that SonsCompass pretty much sums it up well.
    For the Armed Forces to function properly, there are all kinds of roles and tasks that have to be performed besides being on the front lines, blasting people.
    Everyone in the Armed Forces from secretaries to cooks to the men and women on the front line form ONE TEAM….OUR team…..
    If you are or were in the military, you should be ashamed of yourself for not understanding that.

  30. @JimmyY, Rolli, etc…
    I shouldn’t need to explain my nick, but I will say that I respect my country and do not base my belief system on that of any specific political party.
    That said, not every thread needs to turn into a political flame war. My original post did not marginalize or demean Mr. Campbell’s military service in any way. If you think that my thoughts on Mr. Campbell’s constitutes an act of treason, I am sure that your heart is in the right place. Perhaps you truly think that patting a serviceman on the back anonymously on the internet makes you some sort of patriot. As far as empty gestures go, it’s on par with wearing an American flag lapel pin. But by all means rock on, John Adamses of the blogosphere. You’re really doing God’s work for our country.
    My point was this: if Caleb Campbell had played for Tulsa and spent two years away from any competitive football after graduation, do you think he’d be getting a look in the NFL now? Probably not. Is he more deserving of this tryout because he served our country? I would say it’s fair, but that’s not for me to say. The signing is good for Caleb because he has a chance to pursue his dream, and it’s good for the Lions because they get some positive headlines out of it. Everybody wins. But you’re naive if you think that the public perception had no bearing on this.

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