Defensive end Calais Campbell has achieved many accolades during his 12 seasons in the NFL, including one First-team All-Pro and five Pro Bowl appearances, as well as being named the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Campbell was also listed on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-2010s Team. Despite all of these incredible individual awards, Campbell has never achieved the ultimate goal of every NFL player: winning the Super Bowl.
As a rookie with the Cardinals in 2009, Campbell played in Super Bowl XLIII against the Steelers. After falling to Pittsburgh, Campbell has failed to return to the Super Bowl, although, he has come close with multiple championship game appearances. Soon to be 34-years old in September, Campbell knows his chances of hoisting the elusive Lombardi Trophy is dwindling.
In a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Campbell had this to say about his new team.
“Honestly, it’s a great situation to be in. The team is very, very talented. You look at Baltimore’s roster up and down and there’s talent everywhere. Throughout the draft, we got even stronger at some of the positions where we needed help. I’m really excited about the opportunity.”
Campbell then spoke on about the chances of winning the Super Bowl at this stage of his career.
“I think, you know, this is one of those times where, I’ve been playing football for 12 years and I’ve been close a bunch, you know, I’ve played in what, three championships games, one Super Bowl, but I haven’t been able to win it yet. So, I feel like, this team, as talented as it is, this is probably going to be the best shot I have. And so, my mindset is just embrace it, treat every moment special and make each moment count.”
Campbell also talked about what he can bring to a previously 14-2 team that finished as the top seed in the AFC.
“I have some experience I can share with the guys. You know, cause going 14-2, but not winning, you don’t get to start back at 14-2, you gotta start back at 0-0. You have to earn your way to that level again. I feel like I have have a lot of experience over the years of the good and bad and just how to prepare and stay focused. I mean, the team is talented ... the coaches are great. And it really comes down to execution and just setting yourself apart. During this time right now with COVID when it all became virtual, nobody can go into the building. Right now it really comes down to maturity, who’s gonna put the time in, who’s gonna put the effort in to be able to put themselves in position when we do come back not to miss a bit. Be able to just pick up and go. I don’t know if a lot of people are doing that right now, but I really feel like in Baltimore, we’re in a really good position.”