American football player

William Campbell

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IntroAmerican football player
Is American football player
From United States of America

Type Sports
Birth 6 July 1991, Detroit
Age29 years
Height: 196


William Campbell (born July 6, 1991) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Michigan. Campbell was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

Early years

He played high school football under head coach Thomas Wilcher at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. While in high school, the 6 foot, 5 inch defensive tackle was also the team’s punter and kicker and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, was selected as a first-team All-American by Parade magazine, EA Sports, and SuperPrep magazine. He was ranked as the best high school player in Michigan, the best defensive player in the Midwest, and one of the top high school players in the United States. Campbell had numerous scholarships offers and eventually narrowed his choice to Miami, LSU, and Michigan.

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeight40‡Commit date
William Campbell
Defensive tackle
Detroit, MichiganCass Tech High School6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)317 lb (144 kg)5.0 (According to 3, 2008 
Scout:   Rivals:   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6 (DT)   Rivals: 26 National, 5 (DT), 1 (Mich)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • “Michigan Football Commitments”. Retrieved 2014. 
  • “2009 Michigan Football Recruiting Commits”. Retrieved 2014. 
  • “ Team Recruiting Rankings”. Retrieved 2014. 
  • “2009 Team Ranking”. Retrieved 2014. 

College career

He had committed to play for Michigan while Lloyd Carr was head coach, but reopened his recruiting in September 2008 after Rich Rodriguez took over as the head coach. In January 2009, on the sidelines of the Army All-American Bowl, Campbell committed to Michigan.

2009 season

Campbell enrolled early at Michigan in January 2009 and participated in the Michigan football team’s spring practice. During the 2009 season, Campbell appeared as a true freshman in all 12 games on special teams and played in nine games as a defensive tackle.

2010 season

Midway through the 2010 season, head coach Rich Rodriguez assigned Campbell to the offensive line. He also appeared as a fullback in goal line situations. He appeared in all 13 games for Michigan and received his second varsity letter.

2011 season

When new head coach Brady Hoke took over in January 2011, Campbell met with Hoke and asked to return to the defense. In March 2011, Hoke announced that Campbell was returning to the defense. Campbell appeared in all 13 games for the 2011 Michigan team. He recovered a fumble in Michigan’s come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame in the first night game ever played at Michigan Stadium. After a disappointing showing in his first two seasons, Campbell won praise in the press for his improved play in 2011.

2012 season

In late May 2012, Campbell was charged with felony malicious-destruction-of-property arising out of an incident on April 7 in which the 322-pound athlete “slid across the hood” of a Lincoln Town Car, causing damage to the hood. He reached a plea deal in June 2012 in which the felony charge was waived in exchange for a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge and an agreement to pay $2,100 in restitution to the vehicle’s owner.

In August 2012, Campbell showed up at training camp having lost 46 pounds. A writer for an Ann Arbor newspaper reported:

“Overweight and out of shape for most of his career, Campbell generally spent the first week of Michigan football practice catching his breath and figuring out how he’d make it through the first month of the season. Not this time, though. ‘I’m not huffing and puffing anymore,’ the senior defensive tackle said after practice Monday. ‘I’m not dying right now.'”

Teammate Taylor Lewan added, “His conditioning shows it. You should seem [sic] him run – it’s like a gazelle. Unreal.” Team captain Denard Robinson joked: “Will shows off his stomach more than I do. You can tell that he lost that weight.”

Campbell was a starter at defensive tackle for the 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team. He appeared in all of Michigan’s first nine games. He totaled a career-high five tackles and had an unassisted sack in the season opener against Alabama. He has appeared in 47 consecutive games for Michigan. He was a 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the media for the 2012 Wolverines.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 5 in311 lb5.15 s1.87 s2.97 s4.70 s7.30 s27 in8 ft 10 in35 reps
All values are from Pro Day

New York Jets

Campbell was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft on April 27, 2013. He was released on August 30, 2014.

Buffalo Bills

Campbell was signed to the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad on October 7, 2014. On September 4, 2015, he was released by the Bills.

Green Bay Packers

Campbell was signed to the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad on January 5, 2016. On January 18, 2016, he was re-signed by the Packers after the season ended. Campbell was released on May 9, 2016.

Tennessee Titans

Campbell was signed by the Titans. On August 28, 2016, Campbell was waived by the Titans.