The Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled its All-Decade team for the 2010s today and one — now former — Jacksonville Jaguar made the list. Unsparingly, it’s defensive lineman Calais Campbell. Campbell was of course recently traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a mere fifth-round pick, but his performance in Jacksonville is a big reason why he is honored with this distinction.
Campbell is one of 55 total members on the All-Decade team, and was voted in by the 48-member selection committee. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, to be eligible, players had to have at least one selection to the Pro Bowl, Associated Press All-Pro team or Pro Football Writers Association All-Conference team during the 2010 through 2019 seasons.
Campbell made a lasting impact in Duval, both on the field, and off of it as the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year and the 2019 Bart Starr Award. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons with the Jaguars, and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2017. Before his time in Jacksonville, Campbell was a force with the Arizona Cardinals, earning two Pro Bowl nods and two second-team All-Pro nods there.
Here is what the Pro Football Hall of Fame had to say about Campbell’s selection to the All-Decade team:
“Campbell is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and has been named first-team All-Pro twice. Recorded at least 6.0 sacks in eight of the last ten seasons (2009-19) and one of four defensive linemen to register at least 30 passes defensed since 2011. A recipient of the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.”
I don’t want to be that guy to correct people who know way more about football than me, but Campbell actually made five Pro Bowls (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and three All-Pro teams (second-team in 2014 and 2016, first-team in 2017).
Campbell originally entered the league in 2008 with the Cardinals. He was drafted in the second round (No. 50 overall) out of Miami (FL). With the Jaguars from 2017 through 2019, Campbell amassed 195 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 77 quarterback hits, 31.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 48 games, according to Pro Football Reference. Over the past decade, Campbell has recorded 81 sacks, 186 quarterback pressures, three defensive touchdowns more than 600 tackles.
Other defensive lineman to make the list include Aaron Donald, Cameron Jordan, Julius Peppers, J.J. Watt, Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox and Ndamukong Suh. You can view the full list for both offense and defense here.
Congratulations, Calais! The Jaguars will miss you dearly, and we will never forget the “Mayor of Sacksonville.”