BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell has a heart as wide as this earth. He may be 6-8, 300 pounds, and a terror on the field, but when he’s out of uniform, he’s all about raising up the future: our kids.
Campbell and his family created The CRC Foundation, which is named after his late father, Charles Richard Campbell. Calais’ father Charles was an immense part of his life, along with his seven sibling’s lives. Charles instilled discipline and direction in all of their lives, which are two of the core values of The CRC Foundation.
Mr. Campbell passed away in 2004, but Calais strives every day to live his life just like his father taught him to.
“It’s amazing to be able do this in his honor,” Campbell said. “My dad has always been my hero, [and] still to this day, he’s always been my hero, so for us to be able to carry on his legacy and his name, that’s what it’s all about.”
Campbell and The CRC Foundation put on their third annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday out at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., and it was a who’s-who of celebrities from the sports world in attendance: Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator James Bettcher, running back Kerwynn Williams, cornerback Justin Bethel, tackle Jared Veldheer, safety Tyrann Mathieu, linebackers Matt Shaughnessy and Brian Orakpo, quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton and NBA great Cedric Ceballos were all in the house, along with many others, all to give love and support to Campbell and the CRC Foundation.
“It’s fantastic. Anytime we can come out and help, we’re gonna do it,” Arians said. “So many of our guys have such great foundations and we’re trying to do whatever we can in the community and we all support each other.”
Arians and general manager Steve Keim constantly talk about having quality men representing the Arizona Cardinals, both on and off the field. Campbell is one of many men in the locker room that embodies what the Cardinals stand for.
“Unbelievable. What a great family,” Arians said. “He [Campbell] is a guy that is truly caring about everyone. When you have him for a friend, you’ve got a great one.”
Everyone in attendance had so many great things to say about Campbell, so we’ll share some of their thoughts and feelings:
“Calais [Campbell] is a busy man. He’s got dinners, and auctions and golf tournaments. It seems like every couple weeks he’s got something going. It speaks volumes about the person he is, and just a guy that loves giving back and loves where he is in life.” – Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer
“He’s [Campbell] a great guy, he’s always looking to give. Very humble guy, great guy to be around, [a] guy you’d love to have in your inner circle. I’m glad that I was able to meet him and have him as part of my life.” – Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel
“It’s great, especially for me. When I came in, I had a lot of issues, and all of those guys embraced me and supported me, so for me to give my time back to those guys, I know it means a lot to them and it means even more to me.” – Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu
“He’s [Campbell] a great guy. When I got here, he definitely took me under his wing and did a great thing for me. He kept me motivated in practice and he’s definitely been a great guy to me since I’ve been here.” – Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams
“In our organization, the way Coach [Bruce] Arians has it, [in] our culture, we’re a family, and when your family has a cause you support it. Calais [Campbell], he’s a great player, he’s dynamic on the field, but what a lot of people don’t know is this guy off the field, he’s just as dynamic and he’s a great man.” – Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher