Lions' Campbell found bobsledding to be ideal workout
Coach Jim Schwartz was none too kind about the shape of the Lions’ rookies who participated in the weekend’s rookie minicamp. His message afterward was not to stay in shape, but to get in shape.
The drills they went through during the three-day camp were at a noticeably slower pace then during a regular practice and still some of the rookies were pushing it to get through.
Two of the exceptions were Ndamukong Suh, the second overall pick, and LB Caleb Campbell who had not stepped on a football practice field in two years thanks to Army obligations.
Campbell had been training for two years since his senior season at Army — part of it with the U.S. Bobsled team. Not many NFL players have that line on their resume.
He said with bobsledders it’s shear power and strength.
“Those are some of the most phenomenal athletes I’ve been around,’’ said Campbell who played four seasons at Army.
Because of that he’s faster, stronger and 10 pounds heavier than he was when the Lions drafted him two years ago.
Suh prides himself on his conditioning just as he did all through his time at Nebraska. It was one of the reasons he was widely touted as the best athlete in the draft.