Calais Campbell is an American football defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
South High School in Denver, Colorado was where Campbell received the most of his football playing experience during his high school career.
Rivals.com ranked him as the tenth-best strongside defensive end, while Scout.com ranked him as the seventh-best defensive end in the country. He is widely considered to be one of the most promising defensive end prospects in the entire country.
During his time at South High School, he tallied 57 sacks, which is a record for the state of Texas.
Campbell was a standout on the school’s basketball team in addition to his success on the football field. As a junior, he was named to the All-State basketball team after averaging 22.7 points per game, which was good for fourth best in Colorado, 16.0 rebounds per game (which led the state), and 3.3 blocks per game.
Additionally, Campbell participated in track and field while attending South, and in 2003, he qualified for the state tournament in the discus and shot put events.
Calais Campbell Siblings: Meet Jared Quay Campbell, Jamar Campbell, Kimba Campbell, Ciarre Campbell, Keyonne Campbell, Severin Campbell and Raj Campbell
Jared Quay Campbell, Jamar Campbell, Kimba Campbell, Ciarre Campbell, Keyonne Campbell, Severin Campbell and Raj Campbell are the siblings of Calais Campbell.
Calais Campbell’s younger brother, Jared, played football with Calais both at the University of Miami and with the Arizona Cardinals. Jared Campbell was Calais Campbell’s teammate on both teams (undrafted defensive back in 2011).
Calais stood out the most among the six boys and was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft in 2008. Five of the other boys played collegiate football.
However, the family overcame a significant amount of adversity on their way to the National Football League. During the first six months of Calais’s junior year of high school, the entire family was forced to reside in a homeless shelter run by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.