There have been plenty of excellent redemption stories in the NFL. Kurt Warner is perhaps the most notable — he went from a stock boy at a supermarket to NFL MVP. Recently we wrote about Nate Hughes, a registered nurse who was trying to make the Lions as a wide receiver. He didn’t make their 53-man roster but he was signed to their practice squad. Now we have another great story, only this one is about a player who actually made the roster.
Tommie Campbell has made the Tennessee Titans as one of their five cornerbacks, an impressive story given his circuitous college career that included six months working as an airport janitor. He’s currently listed second on their depth chart at right cornerback.
Campbell played high school football and was a state champion as a sprinter for Aliquippa in Pennsylvania. Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was one of his teammates on the football and track team. After high school, Campbell went to Pitt for two years but had poor classroom habits and was suspended. He then attended D-II Edinboro University but lasted only a year because he skipped too many classes.