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Talking Sports with Philadelphia Soul Defensive Lineman Darrell Campbell

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Darrell Campbell, a Defensive Lineman for the Philadelphia Soul, recently took time to do a Q&A session with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his sports career and views.

TCSR: What was it like playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

DC: “Playing for the Irish, I could talk about it for hours and hours. There’s not enough time in a day for me to talk about it. It’s a special place, and honestly, it was the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. It was all about the love of the game; it wasn’t about money then. It was about guys coming together for a cause. I got a chance to play under Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham. Coach Willingham changed my whole outlook on life.”


TCSR: What was the difference in playing for Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham?

DC: “I would say that Coach Davie was more of an X’s and O’s guy – not taking anything away from Coach Willingham. I don’t think his philosophy went outside of that. He was more of trying to help young men understand certain values – like those of becoming a man. I don’t think I could have went into Coach Davie’s office and talk to him about the things I could have with Coach Willingham, because his philosophy was a bit different.”

TCSR: What do you think about how current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has done so far at the school?

DC: “I think the biggest thing for the school is to give him some time. I think he’s done OK so far, but he’s needs to be there for a while, before I can even judge him. You can’t give a guy a year or two, and then fire him. That’s not going to work.  The only thing that I don’t like about Notre Dame is about the coaching situation, because I don’t think young men get to bold with the head coach, who recruited them.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being apart of the practice squad with the Chicago Bears, but playing in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

DC: “Well, Chicago was a different monster. We had Tommie Harris (who has since been released by the Bears) among other players, so I was going through the activated, deactivated, practice squad – I was going through it back and forth. It was cool, because I was at home. Chicago is my hometown, so it was great! Tampa was the same situation, but I really bonded with Coach Jon Gruden (who is currently an ESPN Monday Night Football analyst). He was one of those guys that I wanted to run through a wall for, and Chicago was the same with Lovie Smith, but I had a little more love for Big Jon. Cleveland was just totally different. It was the first time that I ever had to play in a 3-4 front.”

TCSR: What sparked your interest to go into the Arena Football League with the Orlando Predators after playing in the NFL?

DC: “I was all about the opportunity. They were the only other option that I had to continue my career. So, I took it and I ended up playing for Jay Gruden. We had an up-and-down season, but I enjoyed my experience there.”

TCSR: Could you talk about playing north of the border with the Montreal Allouettes in the Canadian Football League?

DC: “You’re basically playing on a soccer field, because the field is so huge. It’s 4-to-5 times the size of an Arena Football League field. It was crazy to adjust to. I had to get used to playing with three downs and the offensive and defensive lineman are a yard off the ball. That was different to say the least. I just wanted an opportunity to continue to play the game.”

TCSR: Could you talk about being a member of the Philadelphia Soul?

DC: “This opportunity came by working with Jaws (Ron Jaworski) at the NFL Films. He basically said that the Soul was coming back and asked me if I was interested in playing. I told him, ‘Yeah’ and it’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m here, and hopefully, we’ll be able to bring back a ring this year.”


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