Jason Campbell (born December 31, 1981 in Laurel, Mississippi) is a professional football quarterback in the National Football League who plays for the Washington Redskins. He has been nicknamed "Lips" by his friends and teammates.
A 2000 graduate of Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, Mississippi, Campbell went on to play college football at Auburn where he led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2004 and was named the SEC Player of the Year and MVP of the SEC Championship Game. Campbell currently holds the record for the longest touchdown completion in Auburn football history, an 87 yard pass to Silas Daniels in a 2004 matchup versus Louisiana Tech. He also holds the Auburn career record for completion percentage at 64.6%. Campbell graduated Auburn with a degree in public administration.
Awards and honors
- Music City Bowl MVP (2003)
- First-team All-SEC (2004)
- SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2004)
- SEC Championship Game MVP (2004)
- Quarterbacked Auburn's perfect 13-0 season (2004)
- Sugar Bowl MVP (2005)
- 5x SEC Offensive Player of the Week
- NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 5, 2007)
Campbell was selected as the 25th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. The Redskins traded up in the draft to get Campbell. They surrendered a 1st, 3rd, and 4th round pick to get the 1st round 25th pick from the Broncos.
On November 19, 2006, Campbell made his first career start, and he threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 20–17 Redskins loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On November 26, 2006, Campbell earned the first win of his pro career, leading the Redskins to a 17–13 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Campbell completed 11 passes on 23 attempts for 118 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Campbell threw a 66 yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the decisive score. It was later discovered that Campbell's headset used to call plays had malfunctioned right before the play. Campbell called a play that he felt had gone well in practice, not knowing the intended play, and delivered the following touchdown pass.
On December 10, 2006, Campbell nearly made an astounding comeback against a surging Philadelphia Eagles team. Campbell led the Redskins to 16 unanswered second half points, while going 15 for 27 for 182 yards and a touchdown in the game. The touchdown was a long 34 yard strike to Antwaan Randle El, and the only difference in the game which ended in a 21–19 Redskins loss, was a tipped ball interception returned for a touchdown by the Eagles.
On August 18, 2007, Campbell was tackled at the knee by Pittsburgh Steelers' DE Brett Keisel in the second preseason game. Initially, the injury looked severe but Campbell eventually walked off the field on his own. Trainers said that Campbell's ligaments weren't torn and announced his injury as a "bruised knee."
On September 17, 2007, Campbell showed his knee injury did not hold him back, as he led the Washington Redskins to a 20–12 win over the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
On October 7, 2007 Jason Campbell set career highs in completions, yards, and passer rating for a game against the Detroit Lions. His stats for the game were 23 of 29 for 248 yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 125.3 as he lead the Redskins to a 34-3 victory. Later in the week, he was named the NFC Offensive Player Of The Week.
On December 6, 2007 Campbell dislocated the patellar ligament of his left knee during a game against the Chicago Bears. The injury did not require surgery but Campbell did not play for the remainder of the season.
When Joe Gibbs retired for a second time at the end of the 2007 season, the Redskins hired Jim Zorn, first as Offensive Coordinator and then naming him Head Coach. Zorn said at the time he would also serve as Quarterbacks Coach. After some initial challenges with the adjustment to Zorn's version of the West Coast offense, after eight 2008 regular season games the Redskins were 6–2, with Campbell playing a key role in major road wins at Dallas and Philadelphia - in the process becoming the Redskins' new record holder for consecutive passes without an interception, breaking Joe Theismann's previous record of 161 during the first half of the game at Philadelphia on October 5, 2008. Campbell was intercepted on November 3, 2008 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With one game left to go in the 2008 season, the Redskins had won only two more games, and had fallen to 8-7 record.
Campbell wears No. 17 for the Redskins, which once belonged to Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams, and Billy Kilmer, the quarterback who guided the team to its first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VII.
Washington Redskins Franchise Records
- Most Consecutive Pass Attempts without an Interception - 252 (12/02/07 - 11/03/08)
Campbell is currently dating Mercedes Lindsay who was Miss DC 2007, and the two attended the mayor's inaugural bash in Washington D.C. together.
- Jason Campbell. (2008, December 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:36, December 22, 2008
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