Baltimore Raven Calais Campbell at the WSOP: “We have Super Bowl potential”

Calais Campbell Wsop Ravens

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbellhe competed in the United States two months after signing what will likely be his final NFL contract World Series of Poker 2022 on Saturday, where he spoke to PokerNews about his love of poker and the upcoming football season.

Campbell was one of over 5,500 players on Day 1c Event #5: $500 The Housewarming No-Limit Hold’em. He earned his second WSOP cash of his career but busted before the end of the session.

In a pause near the Day 1c money bubble, the 14-year NFL veteran, who played his college ball at the University of Miami, said he expects big things from his team in the upcoming football season.

The Ravens started 2021 8-3 and were among the contenders for the Super Bowl. But inconsistent play and injury problems with quarterback Lamar Jackson changed everything. Baltimore finished the season with six straight losses, finishing 8-9, missing out on the playoffs.

“Lamar Jackson gets injured, you can’t win without your quarterback,” Campbell said PokerNews of the Ravens’ late-season struggles. “Our backup played great and good teams still win but you know Lamar Jackson is a special player.”

Don’t worry Ravens fans, your Pro Bowl defensive end believes the troubles of 2021 won’t carry over into the season ahead.

“Oh yes, yes, absolutely,” said the defender when asked if he expected a better result from his side in 2022. “It’s football, you know, if only Lamar was injured and we had everyone else in place, I think we’ll survive. But when we’re at full strength with Lamar and all the other players who got injured last year, I think we’re a really tough team to beat.”

See also  Rugby opens new frontiers by choosing the USA to host the World Cup

Assuming the team avoids major injury problems, how good can the Baltimore Ravens be in 2022?

“I think we have Super Bowl potential.”

It was initially rumored that Campbell was considering retiring after the 2021 season. Instead, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Ravens for $12.5 million. He will start the season at the age of 36, old by NFL defense lineman standards. While he knows he is at the end of his brilliant career, he is still confident he can perform at a high level against some of the best athletes in the world.

“Without a doubt,” Campbell said when asked if he could still produce in the NFL. “I feel great, I have a good regime that helps me prepare and I dedicate so much time to be really good at football. As long as my body keeps responding, I still love it and I’ll keep playing.”

Campbell began his NFL career in 2008 with the Arizona Cardinals where he spent nine seasons before playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2017-2019. Since then he has been in Baltimore, where he will probably end his career. The former Miami Hurricane All-American has 93.5 quarterback sacks in 213 games played (194 starts) in the NFL and has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times in 14 seasons.

Calais Campbell the poker player

calais campbell baltimore ravens

Campbell has dedicated his entire life to becoming a top athlete. But he’s also become quite competitive at the poker table, a game he picked up as a hobby in college.

“In 2009, when I was in Arizona, I won the second tournament I’ve ever played in,” said Campbell. “There were about 70 players.”

The housewarming event is not the first World Series of Poker Tournament in which he played. He’s been looking for bracelets for a while.

“I usually play one tournament a year other than COVID,” Campbell explained. “I had a good run seven years ago, my first action at the WSOP, I had a really good run at the Millionaire Maker. I got to day two and then late on day two I was in the top 10 percent in chips, but one of the guys at the table had one of these monster stacks. He covered me and I lost set-over-set and it killed me.”

Campbell previously cashed in a WSOP event in 2019, finishing 338th for $1,292 Event #37: $800 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack.

What would Campbell rather achieve: a World Series of Poker gold bracelet or the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award?

“NFL Defensive Player of the Year,” he said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was six, although I do plan on winning a bracelet one day, maybe a few.”

Giving back to the community

Because of his athletic talents, Campbell has made millions of dollars and has grown into a wealthy man who is financially equipped for life. But he hasn’t forgotten the financial struggles his family endured growing up.

Campbell, along with his family, established the Charles R. Campbell Foundation to honor his late father, who died when the future NFL star was 17 (2003). The nonprofit organization helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds grow through educational grants and a reading program.

“I think anyone who’s been blessed with the things that I’ve been blessed with should help, give back, try to help their neighbor,” says Campbell. “We are tribal by nature. We are destined to get through this life together and I grew up pretty tough and we needed help at times. I will never forget when help was there and how satisfying that was. My father always raised us to help our neighbors, to help people in need. It feels good when you do it.”

“In the world we live in, you get what you put out. So when you send out love and support, you provide help, when your time of need comes, people will do the same for you.”

2022 World Series of Poker Hub

Bookmark this page! Everything you need to know about the WSOP 2022 is here.

Leave a Comment