Parris Campbell was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft but had a rocky start to his professional football career.
After an injury-ridden first three years with the Colts, Campbell managed to play in all 17 regular-season games in 2022. Last season he rushed for 623 yards in 63 receptions.
When free agency kicked off earlier this week, Campbell left Indy and signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants.
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In Campbell’s first three seasons in the NFL, he missed 34 games due to injuries.
He underwent multiple surgeries while recovering from the injuries.
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Before the start of his sophomore season, Campbell was in a car accident that resulted in a concussion. This season he tore the MCL and PCL in his left knee.
Campbell spoke about how he’s dealt with the adversity.
“My career is what it was,” Campbell said during a Zoom call with reporters on Friday.
“It was tough, very tough, those first three years. As I’ve been able to recover from every single injury I’ve had, I’ve really learned a lot about myself. I feel like I’ve grown as a man, as a person, as a player to be , obviously. It’s allowed me to grow in so many different areas because I’ve seen a lot of myself that I didn’t know I had. I’ve been able to fight and bounce back so many different times. It really showed me that I had a lot.”
Campbell added he’s proud that he stayed healthy for a full season last year.
“Then just in terms of last year, being able to play a full 17 [games], that’s all I ever wanted to do. Given the history of my career, that was all I ever wanted to do. I was blessed, thankful, to be able to do that.”
Campbell’s contract with the Giants is valued at up to $6.7 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed, ESPN reported.
Campbell noted that injuries are sometimes the result of bad luck.
“The injuries I had were things that were just freak accidents,” he said. “You couldn’t really work it out. They weren’t avoidable for me. They were things that happened and were just unlucky. Like I said last year I was able to play all 17 so I was very blessed.”
Campbell said he has already reached out to Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and recently signed tight end Darren Waller.
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Campbell said he’s a fan of how the Giants’ offense plays on the field.
“If you just really watch the offense, you can tell they were just having fun. The chemistry they showed out there on the field put the guys in the right position to make games,” Campbell said of the Giants’ 38-10 win over the Colts in Week 16.
“They had guys making plays all over the field. It looked fun and it looked fluid,” he said. “Now that I’m sitting in this seat after seeing this from afar I’m just super excited for what’s to come.”
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