Calais Malik Campbell (born September 1, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars 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.
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Campbell played his high school football at South High School in Denver, Colorado. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive end prospects, he was ranked as the tenth best strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and the seventh overall defensive end by Scout.com. He amassed a state-record total of 57 sacks in his career at South High School.
In addition to football, Campbell also starred on the school’s basketball team; averaging 22.7 points (fourth best in Colorado), 16.0 rebounds per game (led the state) and 3.3 blocks per game, he was an All-State basketball selection as a junior. Campbell also competed in track & field at South HS, qualifying for the state meet in the discus and shot put in 2003. His track and field personal bests: 21 feet (6.4 m) in the long jump, 48 feet (15 m) in the shot put, 135 feet (41 m) in the discus and 44 feet 2 inches (13.46 m) in the triple jump.
Campbell chose Miami over Colorado State, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Michigan, Oklahoma, and San Diego State.
Campbell first saw playing time at Miami in the 2005 season. In 11 games, he recorded 24 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and three passes defensed. In the 2006 season, he had 55 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, four passes defensed, and three forced fumbles. He recorded at least three sacks in a single game on three occasions in the 2006 season. In his final season with the Hurricanes in 2007, he had 50 total tackles, 6.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and one interception, which came against Marshall in the season opener.
CAREER: Perhaps the best young defensive lineman in the country…Named to Playboy’s All-American team in 2007 and should make every other All-America team…All-ACC defensive end as a sophomore in 2006…Extremely talented defensive lineman will be a strong candidate for every major defensive award in 2007…Tall and gifted pass-rushing defensive end who reminds observers of former UM great Ted Hendricks…Productive player has played in all 25 games the last two seasons, with 13 starts…Has career totals of 119 tackles (68 solo), 26 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, 25 QB pressures, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 12 pass breakups…His 10.5 sacks in 2006 was tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history…Had a streak of seven straight games with at least one sack, which was the second-longest streak in school history…Was one of the team’s top reserves on the defensive line as a redshirt freshman in 2005…Team’s tallest player was recruited as a tight end/defensive end before settling on the defensive line…Has the drive and athletic ability to go with a startling burst of speed…Sociology major.
2006 (SOPHOMORE): Named first-team All-ACC after the finest year of any Miami defender…Received the team’s Jack Harding Most Valuable Player Award…Ranked second on the team with 10.5 sacks (half a sack behind Kareem Brown)…With 20 tackles for loss, ranked fourth in the nation and led the team and the ACC…In the ACC, ranked third and was two sacks behind ACC leader and All-American Gaines Adams of Clemson…Ranked 15th in the NCAA in sacks, fourth-most among sophomores…Led the team with three forced fumbles…Led the team with 16 QB pressures…Ranked third on the team with 80 tackles, only six behind leader Brandon Meriweather…Added three pass breakups and one fumble recovery…Had a streak of seven consecutive games with at least one sack during the year, the second-longest streak in school history…His 10.5 sacks tied for ninth place on the school’s all-time single-season list…Added to the midseason “Watch List” for the Ted Hendricks Award for the best defensive end in college football…Also received the the Plumer Memorial Award for leadership, motivation and spirit…Started 12 of the 13 games at right end…Tallied a then-career-high nine tackles in the season opener vs. Florida State…Did not start vs. Houston in Game 4, but notched his first sack of the season and added three tackles…Had a huge game vs. North Carolina, making a game-high 14 tackles (nine solo), including four tackles for losses of 12 yards, one sack, three QB pressures, two batted passes and one forced fumble…Had another big game a week later vs. FIU, with nine tackles (five solo), two tackles for losses of eight yards, a sack for minus-seven yards, three QB pressures, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a batted pass…Made eight tackles, two tackles for losses of 10 yards, a sack for minus-nine yards and three QB pressures at Duke…Had another big game at Georgia Tech, making a sack for the fifth consecutive game, adding four tackles (three solo), with two tackles for loss. On the first play of the game, sacked Reggie Ball and forced a fumble that Glenn Cook picked up and ran 19 yards for a touchdown…Had his biggest game of the season vs. Virginia Tech, registering a career-best three sacks, eight total tackles (four solo), and four QB pressures. Marked his first multi-sack game and his sixth consecutive game with a sack (and seven in his last six games)…Made seven tackles (four solo) at Maryland, with two tackles for loss and one sack, his ninth of the season in his seventh consecutive game…Made three tackles and one QB pressure at Virginia but did not get a sack for the first time in eight games, snapping his streak…Finished the regular season by getting his 10th sack, making a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo), with four tackles for losses of 13 yards and two QB pressures. His sack marked his 10th of the season, tying with Kevin Patrick (1993) and William Joseph (2001) for 10th place on the school’s single-season list. He also recorded four tackles for a loss, giving him 20, the most by a Hurricane since 2002, when William Joseph recorded 22…Made four tackles and a half sack, one pass deflection and a QB pressure in the MPC Computers Bowl vs. Nevada.
2005 (FRESHMAN): Redshirt freshman who played in all 12 games as a backup defensive end, making one start…Showed tremendous upside, ranking 12th on the team with 35 tackles (19 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, eight QB pressures and one forced fumble…Played in his first collegiate game in the opener at Florida State as a reserve defensive end and made three tackles (one solo)…Played only on special teams at Clemson, then played as a reserve end vs. Colorado and made four tackles, one sack and two QB pressures…Made three tackles (two for loss), vs. South Florida, then tallied six stops and two QB pressures vs. Duke…Saw limited action at Temple (one QB pressure), then made a tackle and a QB pressure vs. North Carolina…In the upset win over Virginia Tech, registered three assisted tackles and one forced fumble…Made two tackles at Wake Forest and two more vs. Georgia Tech…Had a solid game vs. Virginia with eight tackles (five solo), a shared sack (with Glenn Cook) and 1.5 tackles for loss…Earned a starting assignment in the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State, making one assisted tackle, one QB pressure and one pass defensed.
2004 (REDSHIRT): Played as a member of the scout team as a true freshman, when he was redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Excelled as a rush end in high school…Amassed a state-record total of 57 sacks in his career, 38 over the final two seasons…Started at defensive end all four years of his high school career…An accomplished all-around athlete who was an All-State basketball selection as a junior (the only non-senior chosen) in 2002-03…Rated the nation’s No. 11 player by SuperPrep…Member of the SuperPrep Elite 50 and a SuperPrep All-American…Rated the nation’s No. 4 defensive lineman by SuperPrep…Rated the No. 2 prospect in Colorado by SuperPrep and SuperPrep’s Midlands Defensive Player of the Year for 2003…Listed on Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report National Top 100 and ranked as the nation’s No. 11 defensive end…Two-time All-State football performer as a junior and senior…Also played offensive tackle as a sophomore and tight end as a junior and senior…As a senior at defensive end, had 19 sacks 118 total tackles, three knockdowns and two interceptions…On offense as a senior, had 38 receptions for 412 yards with four touchdowns (had receptions of 68 and 72 yards, both on tight end screens)…On defense as a junior, had 19 sacks, 109 tackles and five touchdowns off blocked kicks and fumble returns, in addition to blocking three punts…As a junior on offense, had three receptions for 56 yards…Also played basketball, averaging 22.7 points (fourth best in Colorado) and led the state in rebounding (16.0 per game) and blocked shots (3.3 per game) as a junior…Also competed in track and field, qualifying for the state meet in the discus and shot put in 2003…His track and field personal bests: 21 feet in the long jump, 48 feet in the shot put, 135 feet in the discus, and 44 feet, 2 inches in the triple jump…Chose Miami over Colorado State, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Michigan and Oklahoma…Younger brother, Jared, is a 2007 UM recruit; older brother Ciare plays football at Colorado State; and brother Raj plays football at Butte Junior College in California…Coached by Ryan Mullaney.
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The Arizona Cardinals selected Campbell in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Campbell was the sixth defensive end drafted in 2008. The Arizona Cardinals had no immediate need for a starting-caliber defensive end, but chose to make a value pick and draft Campbell after he unexpectedly fell out of the first round and was considered the top player available at the time of their selection.
2008 season: Rookie year
On July 24, 2008, the Arizona Cardinals signed Campbell to a four-year, $3.40 million contract with $1.68 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $484,500.
Campbell entered training camp slated as a backup defensive end and competed against Bryan Robinson and fellow rookie Kenny Iwebema for a spot in the rotation. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt officially named Campbell a backup defensive end to start the regular season, behind veterans Darnell Dockett and Antonio Smith.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Arizona Cardinals’ season-opener at the San Francisco 49ers and assisted on a tackle in their 23–13 victory. The following week, Campbell collected a season-high four solo tackles in the Cardinals’ 31–10 victory against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. On December 21, 2008, Campbell tied his season-high of four solo tackles during a 47–7 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 16. He completed his rookie season in 2008 with 28 combined tackles (23 solo), a pass defended, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 16 games and zero starts.
The Cardinals finished atop the NFC West with a 9–7 record and qualified for a playoff berth in 2008. On January 3, 2009, Campbell appeared in his first career playoff game and made two combined tackles during a 30–24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card Round. The Cardinals reached Super Bowl XLIII after defeating the Carolina Panthers 33–13 in the NFC Divisional Round and defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 32–25 in the NFC Championship. On February 1, 2009, Campbell appeared in Super Bowl XLIII and recorded two combined tackles as the Cardinals lost 27–23 in a closely contested match that was decided as time expired. Campbell finished the playoffs with eight combined tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection.
On February 9, 2009, head coach Ken Whisenhunt fired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast due to the defense’s inability to hold onto a 23–20 lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII. Campbell entered training camp slated as a starting defensive end after Antonio Smith departed for the Houston Texans during free agency. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis opted to switch from a base 4-3 defense to a base 3-4 defense. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt named Campbell the starting left defensive end, opposite Darnell Dockett and alongside nose tackle Bryan Robinson, to begin the regular season.
He made his first career start in the Arizona Cardinals’ season-opener against the San Francisco 49ers and recorded a season-high six solo tackles and deflected a pass in their 20–16 loss. The following week, Campbell made a tackle, broke up a pass, and was credited with half a sack during a 31–17 victory at the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. His first career sack was with teammate Adrian Wilson, as the two brought down quarterback David Garrard in the fourth quarter. On October 18, 2009, Campbell recorded three combined tackles and a season-high 1.5 sacks during a 27–3 win at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6. He sacked quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for a seven-yard loss in the third quarter to mark the first solo sack of his career. In Week 8, he collected a season-high seven combined tackles (six solo) in the Cardinals’ 34–21 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Campbell finished the 2009 season with a total of 45 combined tackles (37 solo), seven sacks, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 15 starts.
The Arizona Cardinals finished first in the NFC West with a 10–6 record and defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime 51–45 during the NFC Wild Card Round. On January 16, 2010, Campbell started his first career playoff game and made three solo tackles in a 45–14 loss at the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Round.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt chose to retain Campbell and Darnell Dockett as the starting defensive ends to begin the regular season, along with nose tackle Bryan Robinson.
He was sidelined during the Cardinals’ Week 12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers after injuring his ankle the previous week. On November 29, 2010, Campbell recorded a season-high 11 combined tackles (nine solo) and sacked quarterback Jimmy Clausen during a 19–12 loss at the Carolina Panthers in Week 15. The following week, he made two solo tackles and a sack in the Cardinals’ 27–26 win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16. It marked his second consecutive game with a sack and his sixth sack of the season. Campbell finished the season with 60 combined tackles (46 solo), six sacks, and two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery in 15 games and 15 starts.
On January 6, 2011, head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced the firing of defensive coordinator Billy Davis after the Cardinals finished with a 5–11 record and allowed the third most points in the league in 2010. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary coach, Ray Horton, as the Cardinals new defensive coordinator. Horton employed a base 3-4 defense that utilized multiple fronts. Horton retained Campbell and Darnell Dockett as the starting defensive ends to start the season, along with nose tackle Dan Williams.
On September 25, 2011, Campbell made a season-high ten combined tackles (five solo) and was credited with a season-high 2.5 sacks on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson during a 13–10 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. In Week 9, he collected six solo tackles and made two sacks on quarterback Sam Bradford in the Cardinals’ 19–13 win against the St. Louis Rams. The following week, he made two solo tackles, two pass deflections, and made his first career interception off a pass by quarterback Michael Vick in the third quarter of a 21–17 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10. He finished the season with a career-high 72 combined tackles (53 solo), ten pass deflections, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts. He also appeared on special teams and blocked three field goals during the season. Campbell predominantly lined up in the five-technique in his first season under Ray Horton.
On March 2, 2012, the Arizona Cardinals placed their non-exclusive franchise tag to Campbell for the 2012 season. On May 10, 2012, the Arizona Cardinals signed Campbell to a five-year, $55 million contract with $31 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $15 million.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt retained Campbell, Darnell Dockett, and nose tackle Dan Williams as the starting defensive linemen to begin the regular season. On September 16, 2012, Campbell collected a season-high ten combined tackles (seven solo) and recorded two sacks on quarterback Tom Brady in a 20–18 win at the New England Patriots in Week 2. Campbell was inactive for three games (Weeks 11–13) due to an injury to his right calf. In Week 16, he collected eight combined tackles, deflected a pass, and recorded a sack during a 28–13 loss to the Chicago Bears. The following week, Campbell made two solo tackles and a sack in the Cardinals’ 27–13 loss at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17. Campbell completed the 2012 season with 65 combined tackles (50 solo), 6.5 sacks, and six pass deflections in 13 games and 12 starts.
On January 8, 2013, the Arizona Cardinals fired general manager Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt after the team finished last in their division with a 5–11 record in 2012. On January 18, 2013, it was reported that defensive coordinator Ray Horton demanded his release after Bruce Arians was hired as the new head coach instead of Horton. Head coach Bruce Arians officially named Campbell and Darnell Dockett the starting defensive ends to begin the 2013 season.
On October 6, 2013, Campbell recorded four solo tackles, two sacks, and earned his first career safety during a 22–6 victory against the Carolina Panthers in Week 4. He sacked quarterback Cam Newton for a five-yard loss in the endzone to record a safety in the third quarter. In Week 7, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles in a 34–22 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. On December 22, 2013, Campbell recorded four combined tackles and sacked quarterback Russell Wilson twice to tie his season-high during a 17–10 win at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. Campbell started all 16 games in 2013 and recorded 58 combined tackles (45 solo), nine sacks, six passes defended, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, and a safety. The Cardinals’ new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, retained the base 3-4 defense, but also used multiple fronts with an emphasis on blitzing. Campbell was continually used as a defensive end and also lined up at defensive tackle in the three-technique for 8.4% of his defensive snaps.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles retained Campbell as the starting left defensive end to start the regular season, alongside nose tackle Dan Williams and right defensive end Frostee Rucker.
On September 16, 2014, Campbell collected a season-high ten solo tackles and a sack during a 25–14 win at the New York Giants. In Week 5, Campbell recorded two solo tackles, deflected a pass, and made the second interception of his career in the Cardinals’ 41–20 loss at the Denver Broncos. His interception came off a pass attempt by quarterback Peyton Manning and was a screen pass intended for running back Montee Ball in the second quarter. Campbell exited in the third quarter due to a leg injury he sustained on a chop block by tight end Julius Thomas. Head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the chop block and stated, “the dirtiest play I have seen in 37 years of coaching football!” Campbell was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and was sidelined for the next two games (Weeks 6–7). On November 23, 2014, Campbell made six combined tackles and had a career-high three sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson during the Cardinals’ 19–3 loss at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. On December 24, 2014, it was announced that Campbell was voted to the Pro Bowl to mark the first Pro Bowl selection of his career. He finished the season with 58 combined tackles (48 solo), seven sacks, three passes defended, an interception, and a forced fumble in 14 games and 14 starts. Campbell lined up at defensive tackle for 14.7% of his snaps.
The Cardinals finished second in the NFC West with an 11–5 record and earned a Wild Card berth to mark their first postseason appearance since 2009. On January 3, 2015, Campbell made four combined tackles in the Cardinals 27–16 loss in the Wild Card Round at the Carolina Panthers.
Head coach Bruce Arians promoted Cardinals’ linebackers coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator after Todd Bowles accepted a job as the head coach for the New York Jets. Bettcher chose to retain Campbell and Frostee Rucker as the starting defensive ends with Josh Mauro and Rodney Gunter sharing the role at nose tackle.
In Week 4, Campbell collected a career-high 11 combined tackles (ten solo) and was credited with half a sack during a 24–22 loss to the St. Louis Rams. On October 21, 2015, it was reported that Campbell had his position reclassified as defensive tackle after lining up on the interior defensive line for 70.8% of his plays during the first six games. Campbell gave his approval when the Cardinals asked him to primarily play inside and had his position changed to reflect the move to defensive tackle on the team’s depth chart. Although Campbell was listed as a defensive tackle he stated his duties would remain the same and he would still line up at defensive end when required. On December 22, 2015, Campbell was selected to the 2016 Pro Bowl. It became his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection and his first as a defensive tackle. On December 27, 2015, he recorded six combined tackles and had a season-high 2.5 sacks on Aaron Rodgers as the Cardinals routed the Green Bay Packers 38–8 in Week 16. He completed the 2015 season with 61 combined tackles (46 solo), five sacks, three passes defensed, and a forced fumble in 16 games and 16 starts. Campbell was lined up in multiple positions and also remained on the field during dime packages. The Cardinals had moderate success in their first season under Bettcher and finished fifth in yards allowed. He was ranked 71st on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
Head coach Bruce Arians named Campbell the starting defensive tackle to begin the season, along with Rodney Gunter. On October 6, 2016, Campbell recorded four combined tackles, two sacks, deflected a pass, made an interception, and a safety during a 33–21 win at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5. He intercepted a pass attempt by quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the second quarter, that was intended for tight end Garrett Celek, and registered a safety after sacking Gabbert for a one-yard loss in the endzone during the fourth quarter. In Week 8, he collected a season-high nine combined tackles during a 30–20 loss at the Carolina Panthers. In Week 14, Campbell recorded four solo tackles, two sacks, recovered a fumble, and scored his first career touchdown in the Cardinals’ 48–41 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Drew Brees had the ball stripped by Markus Golden and it was recovered by Campbell and returned for a 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He recorded 53 combined tackles (46 solo), eight sacks, six passes defensed, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, a safety, an interception, and a touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts. He was ranked 83rd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017. He received an overall grade of 90.4 from Pro Football Focus and ranked second among all interior defensive linemen in 2016.
Campbell became an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and received interest from multiple teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals offered Campbell a contract that amounted to $9 million per year. His second best offer was from the Denver Broncos, which is his hometown team, and amounted to an average of $13 million per year.
On March 9, 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract that includes $30 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $6 million.
Head coach Doug Marrone chose to move Campbell back to defensive end and named him the starter to begin the regular season, opposite Yannick Ngakoue. Campbell and Ngakoue joined defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Abry Jones.
Campbell started in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season-opener at the Houston Texans and recorded six combined tackles and made a career-high four sacks on quarterback Tom Savage in their 29–7 victory. Campbell’s four sacks set a franchise record and the defense also set a franchise record with a combined ten sacks. His performance earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week. During the course of the season, the Jaguars’ defense earned the moniker “Sacksonville“. In Week 13, Campbell brought his sack total to 12.5 sacks, which set a Jaguars franchise record for most sacks in a season. On November 26, 2017, Campbell returned to Arizona to face his former team and recorded three solo tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown as the Jaguars were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 in Week 12. During the fourth quarter, Cardinals’ quarterback Blaine Gabbert was stripped by Yannick Ngakoue and Campbell was able to recover the ball and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. On December 17, 2017, Campbell made five solo tackles, a pass deflection, and two sacks during a 45–7 victory against the Houston Texans. The game marked his fourth multi-sack performance of the 2017 season. The following week, he collected a season-high eight combined tackles and deflected a pass during a 44–33 loss at the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. On December 19, 2017, Campbell was voted to the 2018 Pro Bowl, which became his third Pro Bowl selection. He finished the season with 67 combined tackles (47 solo), a career-high 14.5 sacks, three pass deflections, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown in 16 games and 16 starts. Pro Football Focus gave Campbell an overall grade of 93.5, which ranked as the fourth-highest grade among all edge rushers in 2017.
The Jaguars atop the AFC South with a 10–6 record and received a Wild Card berth. On January 7, 2018, Campbell recorded six combined tackles during a 10–3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card Game. The Jaguars went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 45–42 in the AFC Divisional Round before being eliminated from the playoffs after losing 24–20 at the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game. He was ranked 14th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.
In the 2018 season, Campbell finished with 10.5 sacks, 72 total tackles, 22 quarterback hits, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. The Jaguars did not retain their overall success from the previous season, this time finishing with a 5–11 record. Despite the Jaguars’ disappointing season, Campbell was named to his fourth career Pro Bowl.
In Week 3 against the Tennessee Titans, Campbell sacked Marcus Mariota three times as the Jaguars won 20-7, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts, Campbell recovered a fumble lost by Jacoby Brissett and returned it for an 8 yard touchdown during the 38–20 win. Campbell was named to his fifth career Pro Bowl and was named the Defensive MVP of the game.
Jaguars franchise records
- Most sacks in a game (4)
- Most sacks in a season (14.5)
Campbell was born in Denver, Colorado, to Charles and Nateal Campbell. He was raised with seven siblings. He has two sisters, Kimba Blaylock and Keyonne Campbell, and five brothers: Jamar, Raj, Ciarre, Severin, and Jared. His father, Charles Campbell, died in late 2003. Jared Campbell, a touring stand up comedian, also played football with Calais at both University of Miami and Arizona Cardinals as a defensive back. His brothers Ciarre and Raj played college football at Colorado State and Butte Junior College, respectively. His brother Severin played at the University of Montana. In December 2007, Campbell graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Sociology. On January 21, 2015, it was announced that Calais Campbell had given $1.6 million to the Hurricanes to establish an endowed scholarship for defensive linemen in perpetuity at the University of Miami. He appeared on the first episode of seventh season of The League, appearing with former teammate Tyrann Mathieu.