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Homecoming For Calais Campbell

Defensive end finally gets a chance to play in Denver

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Defensive end Calais Campbell sacks then-Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton back in a 2010 game.

When Calais Campbell was 6 years old, he wanted to play tight end, because that was the position of his hero – Denver Broncos future Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.

"We'd be trying to flex and stuff, trying to be all swol like Shannon Sharpe," Campbell remembered.

This weekend's trip to Denver is important for the Cardinals, but it carries added significance for the defensive end. He is from the

Denver area and has been waiting a long time to play an NFL game in his hometown.

He didn't play there in college (he had a sack for the University of Miami against Colorado in 2005, but the game was in Miami) and the only time the Cardinals have played the Broncos since Campbell turned pro was in 2010 at University of Phoenix Stadium (the Cards won, 43-13).

"I love the game and am very passionate about it," Campbell said. "I had a lot of dreams of playing in that stadium since I was 6 years old. It'll be sweet. I am looking forward to it, but I have to play every game the same."

Campbell's other hero growing up was running back Terrell Davis, whom he met when he was "about 8," and even today Campbell raves about what a role model Davis was to him.

Campbell's life growing up wasn't easy. His family is tight-knit, but at one point when Campbell was a burgeoning football star in the seventh grade, both his parents lost their jobs and the family had to stay in a homeless shelter for about eight months.  

The veteran just sees that time as part of what made him today, just like those days rooting for the Broncos.

"I have a lot of good memories growing up a Broncos fan but now we're playing against them," Campbell said. "No more friends, all business. We're trying to win a game."



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