|Born:||April 13, 1976|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Glen Rose (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79|
|As a player:|
|As a coach:|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||5–7 (.417)|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Daniel Allen Campbell (born April 13, 1976) is an American football coach and former tight end who is the head coach of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2016 to 2020 and also served as an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2010 to 2015, most recently as the interim head coach and tight ends coach.
Campbell played college football for Texas A&M. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and subsequently played for in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints. As a player, Campbell made the Super Bowl with the Giants in 2000.
Campbell was born in Clifton, Texas and attended Glen Rose High School, where he was a tailback and tight end. As a senior, he recorded 27 receptions for 423 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for over 50 yards.
Campbell accepted a football scholarship from Texas A&M University. In his last 2 seasons, he shared the tight end position with Derrick Spiller. As a junior, he posted 12 receptions for 143 yards (11.9-yard average) and 2 touchdowns.
National Football League
New York Giants
Campbell was selected by the New York Giants in the third round (79th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. In 2000, he started 4 games and was a part of the team that appeared in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, he became the team's regular starting tight end after passing Howard Cross on the depth chart and was mainly used as a blocking tight end.
Campbell was one of the first free agents to sign with the Dallas Cowboys after Bill Parcells was named the head coach in 2003. He quickly became a team leader and although Jason Witten emerged as the main tight end, he still served as a mentor and remained a key blocker on the offensive line.
In 2004, he only played in three games because of torn ligaments in his foot and was placed on the injured reserve list on September 30. Witten would go on to have one of the best receiving seasons by a tight end in franchise history and received Pro Bowl honors.
In 2005, he recovered from an appendectomy on July 27, missing only 10 days of practice and returned to start all four preseason games. The team employed two-tight end sets, which allowed him to start 12 games alongside Witten.
On March 14, 2006, Campbell was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions. Known mostly as a blocking tight end, he posted career-highs in receiving yards (308), average per reception (14.7 avg), long reception (30 yards), and touchdowns (four), the most by a Lions tight end since 2001.
On September 22, 2007, he was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury. On September 9, 2008, he was again placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was released on February 9, 2009.
New Orleans Saints
On February 26, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints reuniting with head coach Sean Payton who was his offensive coordinator with the Cowboys and the Giants. On August 10, he was placed on injured reserve with an MCL injury he suffered in training camp. He spent the entire season on injured reserve and was not granted a Super Bowl ring by the team when they won Super Bowl XLIV.
NFL career statistics
|2009||NO||0||0||Did not play due to injury|
In 2010, Campbell began his coaching career when he was hired by the Miami Dolphins as a coaching intern. In 2011, Campbell was promoted to the tight ends coach. Following the firing of the Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin on October 5, 2015, Campbell was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the 2015 season. Campbell led the team to five wins and seven losses.
New Orleans Saints
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|MIA||2015*||5||7||0||.417||4th in AFC East||—||—||.000||—|
*Interim head coach
Campbell has two children with his wife Holly.
Campbell is a noted fan of Metallica, and during his time at Texas A&M, he was nicknamed "Dantallica" by his roommate Shane Lechler. He also enjoys country music and classic rock. During his playing career, he was nicknamed "The Dude", due to his resemblance of Jeff Bridges' character in The Big Lebowski. Upon joining the Detroit Lions, he gained the nickname "MC/DC" by Pat McAfee on his daily radio show. The acronym is short for Motor City Dan Campbell, and is also a reference to AC/DC.
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