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Podcast Recap: Calais Campbell Surprised By Trade


Newly acquired defensive tackle Calais Campbell joined "The Lounge" to discuss the trade that brought him to the Ravens and other interesting topics.

Here's what you'll find in episode #202:

5:33 – His reaction to being traded

"I pay attention when people get traded. In the back of my mind, I wondered what I'd get traded for if I ever got traded. I'm perfectly fine with the way it went down. I'm going to be 34 years old this year. For some reason, it doesn't matter how much production you have, when you turn a certain age, guys are trying to get rid of you before you just can't do it anymore. That's good motivation for me because I'm always trying to prove them wrong."

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7:22 – The Ravens' culture looks fun to be around

9:00 – He called Tony Jefferson, a former teammate, for advice on whether to sign an extension

"I played with him for four years in Arizona. We had a really good relationship, probably the best relationship of anybody in my playing career recently. For a guy who just got released to have that huge of an endorsement for a program, I was like, 'Wow, I want to be a part of this. That's pretty special.'"

10:40 – His biggest goal is to win a Super Bowl

11:15 – He's a Lamar Jackson fan

"I watched him in college. I'm an ACC [Miami] guy. There's a lot of trash talking. I have a lot of teammates who are SEC guys, Big Ten guys. They're all trying to hate on the ACC. I always try to follow my ACC guys around. Lamar, I really wanted to see him do well. I feel like he kind of got a lot of disrespect getting drafted. Nobody really knew this was going to happen. A lot of guys were talking bad about him. I was always happy to see him do well."

11:53 – He had a message for Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

"Derrick Henry's a beast, now. (But) I got something for him."

12:50 – As a former Hurricane, Campbell wants to continue the Miami-to-Ravens legacy personified by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

14:50 – He wants to prove he's not too old to remain a premier player

"I feel like my best football has come over the age of 30. The last three years, I feel like I've been in my ultimate prime – 31, 32, 33. I'm hoping I can keep that going. I've spent so much time and effort taking care of my body."

18:50 – As a youngster, spending time in a homeless shelter helped shape his character

20:25 – He's looking forward to making an impact in Baltimore's community

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