It’s been a magical year for former Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who went for the big money in Jacksonville as a free agent all the while insisting the Jaguars could win this year — and he was right. It’s been in no small part because of Campbell, who had a career-high 14.5 sacks and was named Wednesday as the …
When Calais Campbell scoped up a fumble and went 10 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, he thought his homecoming would end exactly the way he hoped.
But instead of enjoying their fifth consecutive victory, Campbell and the Jaguars suffered their first loss since Oct. 15 when Phil Dawson kicked a 57-yard field goal with one second remaining to give the Cardinals a 27-24 victory on Sunday.
For Campbell, it was his first return to Arizona to play his former team after signing a four-year, $60 million free agent contract with the Jaguars in March. He had played nine seasons with the Cardinals.
Calais Campbell has two things he wants to bring back from Arizona: An eighth victory and Larry Fitzgerald’s No. 11 jersey.
One is much more important to him than the other.
Campbell will return to the place where he spent the previous nine seasons when the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) play the Cardinals (4-6) on Sunday. While he’s looking forward to seeing close friends, former teammates and ex-coaches, the veteran defensive end hopes to make keep his homecoming as low-key — and successful — as possible.
On Sunday, Calais Campbell goes back to the place where he started his NFL career.
And Campbell is not quite sure how he will be received on his first return to Arizona since signing a four-year, $60 million free agent contract with the Jaguars this past March.
Whether he hears cheers or boos for his homecoming, it makes no difference.