Campbell a player catch worth waiting for

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos had their eye on Kelly Campbell for a long time.

Back in the days where the Atlanta native was breaking receiving records at Georgia Tech University, the Eskimos were attempting to put him on their negotiation list.

Five years later, they were finally able to get the five-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver to Edmonton.

"Wherever I go, whether it be CFL or NFL, I always look at myself as coming in and competing for a job," Campbell said. "I never get to the point where I think I'm already settled and I'm going to be here and not going anywhere. There is always that competitiveness between me and the other guys.

"But they have been trying to get me here for a long time. Now that I'm here, I'm going to try and do what I do and help them win ball games."

Campbell was a standout at Georgia Tech and left as the Yellow Jackets career leader in receptions, yards and touchdown catches.

He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings following his collegiate career where he played for three seasons.

Campbell, 27, then moved on to play with the Miami Dolphins after transgressions - that included drug and weapons charges - cost him his job with the Vikings.

Having put his legal problems behind him, Campbell is now trying to find a spot on the Eskimos receiving corps.

"I have a pretty good rundown of who Kelly Campbell is, what kind of football player he is and what kind of human being he is," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "I'm excited about watching him play. The last couple of days he's shown some things that we expected he was going to be able to do.

"With Kelly if he comes in with the right frame of mind, which he's shown to be in right now, the sky's the limit."

Prior to coming up to Canada, Campbell didn't know much about the CFL other than it was a passing league that catered to talented receivers. After a couple of practice days he's sold on the Canadian game.

"I'm loving it right now, I'm very excited," he said. "Once you understand the concepts you get to see how exciting the game really is."


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