The Caleb Campbell Story: Hope Still Abounds for the Ex-Army Player

May 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Caleb Campbell is a name most Detroit fans recognize, but if for whatever reason it doesn't ring a bell then here's a recap of his story.
In April of 2008, Campbell, was featured in an interview piece on Headline News. In the interview, Campbell discussed the Department of the Army's alternative service option plan which would allow him to play in the NFL in 2008.
Campbell was selected in the seventh round, 218th overall, in the 2008 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. The Lions fans were ecstatic and were chanting his name as it was announced. He received a standing ovation from all fans in attendance at the draft, not just the Lions fans.
In July of 2008, Campbell agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Lions. He never got a chance to sign the contract, due to the Army changing the rules. The following day the Army ordered him to serve his military service time, preventing him from playing football until at least 2010.
During his two years awa...

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