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The day before his dream became reality, Lt. Caleb Campbell was told to put it in the back of his mind for at least two years. The Army took a step back on a policy that had allowed Campbell to be drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions. He and the team was informed the day before the start of training camp. The purpose of allowing graduates of a military academy to pursue professional sports is publicity, but apparently the Army sought even more publicity. It is very likely the Army knew the position on policy even before Campbell was drafted, and had they informed him and the NFL then, there would have been no publicity on the issue. Instead, they wait until the whole nation knows about Campbell to revoke his chance to play in the NFL immediately. Yes, he acquired a duty to his nation by going to a military academy, but that does not mean he should be used as a mere tool. If the Army wanted him to perform his military duties rather than serve as a means to publicity, it was their responsibility to make the decision in a timely fashion.

On the same issue, but not as important; will the Detroit Lions receive any reimbursement. They drafted Campbell under the assumption he would be able to play. By the time Campbell’s service is complete, they will have no right to him as a player. Drafted him was a risk, but they had all been informed, at the time, that he would be able to play.

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One Comment

  1. I really do not understand what the big deal is all about. This gentlemen is an officer in the United States Army, and as such, is required to serve his country in whatever the Department of Army deems necessary. In case anyone has forgotten, we are at war.

    Sure, the Army is at fault with telling the Lt. that he would be able to play and also become a recruiter. However, for some reason they changed their minds and this young man needs to remember he signed on the “dotted line” to serve Our Country.

    This young officer should remember that Pat Tillman turned his back on the NFL to fight for his country. That man is a hero, and I am sorry but I do not have any sympathy for a young man (not to say that I do not respect his decision to enter West Point and to represent our country in a time of need) who signed on the preverbial dotted line to be there for our country.

    Lastly, the Lions should be able to retain the rights for this officer, and future NFL player.


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