Calais Campbell awarded Defensive Player of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Calais Campbell /

The accolades continue for defensive end Calais Campbell in his first season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have gone from 3-13 last season, to playing in the AFC Championship game this Sunday. The massive ascension can be attributed, in no small part, to players the organization brought in in the 2017 offseason. On Wednesday, one of those key acquisitions added more hardware to his collection.

Calais Campbell was just announced as Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, an award well-deserved. Campbell, in his first season with the Jaguars, was an unblockable terror on the defensive line in ‘Sacksonville’ in 2017. The first-team All-Pro has accumulated an AFC leading 14.5 sacks, to go along with 67 tackles, three forced fumbles, and a touchdown.

Campbell was signed in free agency by Jacksonville after spending his first nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, and has solidified being the biggest splash in the league in terms of free agent signings this season.

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But after picking the Jaguars over the Denver Broncos in March, Campbell was ridiculed with ignorant takes that the defensive lineman strictly chose money over a chance at success. Even Broncos cornerback Chris Harris took a shot at Campbell after he signed in Jacksonville:

Hilarious to look back at now, as it’s obvious who has gotten the last laugh. Campbell is racking up honors, and is one win away from said Super Bowl, while Denver finished at the bottom of the AFC West at 5-11. Pretty clear Campbell made the right decision.

Calais Campbell has already left an indelible mark in just one season in Jacksonville, and is a major contributor to a bright future for the Jaguars.