Daniel Allen Campbell, nicknamed “MCDC”, is an American football coach and a former tight end who is the head coach for the Detroit Lions.

Dan Campbell : Lions, injury, hard knocks, contract

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.

Personal information
Born: April 13, 1976 (age 46)
Clifton, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
  High school:    Glen Rose (TX)
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79        

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 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 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.

Dan Campbell Lions

On January 20, 2021, Campbell was hired as head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Dan Campbell : Lions, injury, hard knocks, contract

Career NFL statistics
Games played: 114                          
Receptions: 91
Receiving yards: 934
    Receiving touchdowns:    11
Head coaching record
           Regular season: 8–20–1 (.293)         

After starting the season 0–10–1, which included a 16–16 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9, Campbell and the Lions recorded their first victory of the season against the Minnesota Vikings during week 13.

Quarterback Jared Goff threw the game-winning touchdown with two seconds remaining in regulation and the Lions won 29–27.

After winning three of their final six games of the season, Campbell finished his first season with a 3–13–1 record.

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.


Well, according to Bob Wojnowski of Detroit News, the reason why Dan Campbell had his wrist taped up is that he suffered an injury a few days before the start of training camp.

A few days before training camp, Dan Campbell took a tumble. He hurt his left wrist, which made him nervous. He had a reputation to uphold, an example to set, a team to lead.

Dan Campbell : Lions, injury, hard knocks, contract

When the Lions opened Wednesday, Campbell was ready. His wrist tightly taped, he stood alongside his players and dove into the traditional up-down drills – dropping to the turf, leaping up, dropping and leaping at a quickening pace.

“I don’t know how I’m surviving,” Campbell said afterward with a sweaty grin. “I said, I have to do them — I cannot, not do these up-downs.

All the guys did it, credit to them. We don’t force anybody to do anything, they either buy in or they don’t. And those players have bought in.”

Dan Campbell hard knocks 

The Detroit Lions are the featured team on “Hard Knocks” this summer, already making this year’s version of the show a summer blockbuster.

Head coach Dan Campbell is a quote machine himself, already setting the stage for how many f-bombs he can get out in one episode.

The emotional Campbell rubs off on his coaches, as the season premiere dives into Campbell’s diverse coaching staff full of former NFL starters and how they add their own flavor to an intriguing squad.

Dan Campbell : Lions, injury, hard knocks, contract

The players also bought into Campbell’s antics, as the Lions look to reverse a franchise that has four consecutive losing seasons and just one playoff victory since their last NFL championship In 1957.

Anyone who watched the first five minutes should want to run through a brick wall for Campbell.

The players could sense the emotion in their head coach, especially the way he motivated them through the speech.


New Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell received a six-year contract from the team.

Dan Campbell : Lions, injury, hard knocks, contract

Contract: 1 yr(s) / $795,000
Signing Bonus $50,000
Average Salary $795,000
Total Guarantees $50,000
Guaranteed at Signing $50,000
Free Agent: 2010 / UFA

The Lions announced Campbell’s hiring on Wednesday but did not disclose terms. The team will introduce him with a news conference on Thursday.

“With more than 20 years of experience as both a coach and player in the National Football League, Dan knows the rigors of professional football and what it takes to be successful.

He will help promote the culture we want to establish across our organization, while also bringing with him high energy, a respect for the game and an identity with which everyone can align themselves,” Lions principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp said in a statement.

By Rishabh

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