Ex-Colts WR Parris Campbell eagerly awaits fresh start with Giants after injury-riddled run in Indianapolis
Parris Campbell was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he had a rocky start to his professional football career.
After three injury-riddled first years with the Colts, Campbell managed to play in all 17 regular-season games in 2022. He rushed for more than 623 yards on 63 receptions last season.
When free agency began earlier this week, Campbell left Indy and signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants.
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During Campbell’s first three seasons in the NFL, injuries caused him to miss 34 games.
He underwent several surgeries while recovering from his injuries.
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Before starting his second season, Campbell was in a car accident resulting in a concussion. He then tore MCL and PCL in his left knee during this season.
Campbell explained how he handled adversity.
“My career is what it was,” Campbell said Friday during a Zoom call with reporters.
“It was hard, very hard, those first three years. Being able to bounce back from every injury I suffered, I really learned a lot about myself. I feel like I grew up as a man, as a person, as a player, obviously. It allowed me to grow in so many different areas because I saw myself a lot of things that I didn’t know I had. I was able to fight and bounce back so many different times. It really showed me a plot.”
Campbell added that he was proud to have stayed healthy for an entire season last year.
“Then talking about last year, being able to play 17 full games [games], that’s all I ever wanted to do. Given my career history, that’s all I ever wanted to do. To be able to do that, I was blessed, grateful.”
Campbell’s contract with the Giants is worth up to $6.7 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed, ESPN reported.
Campbell noted that sometimes injuries are the result of bad luck.
“The injuries I had, there were things that were just freak accidents,” he said. “You couldn’t really elaborate it. They weren’t preventable for me. These are things that happened and just had bad luck. Like I said, I was able to play all 17 last year, so I was extremely blessed.”
Campbell said he has already contacted Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and recently signed tight end Darren Waller.
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Campbell said he’s a fan of the way the Giants’ offense plays on the field.
“Just by really looking at the offense you can tell they were just having fun. The chemistry they showed there on the court, putting the guys in the right position to make plays,” Campbell said. about the Giants’ 38-10 win. the Colts in Week 16.
“They had guys making plays all over the court. It looked fun and it felt smooth,” he said. “Now being in this seat after seeing this from afar, I’m just super excited for what’s to come.”