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From Army to Detroit: Caleb Campbell's First Day Back with the Lions

ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 03:  Caleb Campbell #47 of the Detroit Lions stretches prior to rookie training camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 3, 2008 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Oliver SethContributor IMay 1, 2010

Caleb Campbell is back in the NFL.

It took two years but he's finally back, and I have a few words for him.

Welcome Back.

The Detroit Lions announced April 30 that Caleb Campbell, along with seven undrafted rookies, would be signed to a contract.

The most intriguing is of course, Caleb.

Caleb was drafted in the 2008 draft by the Detroit Lions with the 218th overall selection, but having entered he was basing off the "alternative service option" which stated if a player is drafted, that he has the option to skip the two years enlistment.

Later that training camp, Campbell was informed that the rule was revised and he would need to enlist. That voided his contract, and that put Campbell back into the pool to be redrafted.

Then following his two years, Campbell has returned to Detroit to start a rookie campaign that never really started on a undrafted rookie contract.

Campbell's role will be likly be along side special teams standout Follet and will help bolster there special teams until he gets re-acclimated to the game and then we will see if his role increases to a situational linebacker/safety of even a backup for most games.

The story of Campbell alone is enough to add yet another good press story along with Tim Toone (Mr. Irrelevant), and with that, Detroit is just getting more and more looks for a team on the rise.

As rookie orientation and training camp rolls around, I will personally look forward to seeing how Campbell performs and hope him the best in this second try in the NFL, ending his pursuit of being in the NFL by being able to play the game.

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