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Get On The Move: A Conversation with Calais Campbell
February 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mr. Joseph Peppers is the Chief Executive Officer of Kids Hope Alliance, the Jacksonville partnership for children, youth and families. Peppers, who has held the role since April 2018, is a West Point graduate and a decorated combat veteran, serving several tours in Iraq. Peppers holds a dual Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering and Art & Literature. He and his wife Tori are the proud parents of three children -DJ, 4; Charleigh, 2; and Maverick, 9 months, and their hobbies include fitness and relishing five hours of sleep a night. They are active members of Southpointe Church here in Jacksonville. Peppers is a native of Chicago, where he was raised by his parents, including his mentor/mom, Dr. Veronica Peppers, who earned a doctorate after triumphing over being a teen mom and while raising three children. Peppers serves on several local and national boards, including the Jacksonville Zoo Education Board and Cathedral Arts. After serving nearly a decade in the military, Mr. Peppers held executive corporate leadership positions at both Amazon and Apple, ultimately determining servant leadership and civic engagement were his heart. Peppers is a passionate child advocate and has dedicated his career to ensuring every at-hope child in Jacksonville has a champion.
Calais Campbell is a native of Denver, CO born and raised in the Mile High City in 1986 to his parents Charles and Nateal. Calais grew up in a family of 10, including his parents, his 5 brothers and 2 sisters. His father, Charles, named him Calais. Calais started playing football at the age of 6 with all of his brothers. They played for the Denver Pirates at the Skyline Recreation Center in the neighborhood of Park Hill, Colorado. Saturdays consisted of lots of football games. Calais attended Denver South High School and started as a freshman on the varsity football team. He graduated from South High School in 2004, just a few months before his dad passed away. Calais gave Denver South 2004 graduating class a speech to remember, based off of a few lessons he learned from his father. “Work hard at everything you do!”
Calais attended the University of Miami. He graduated from The U in 2008 with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. Following a season with 10.5 sacks, Calais was awarded the 2006 Jack Harding Team MVP Award. His 10.5 sacks rank 9th all time in a single season for a Hurricane, his 19.5 career stats rank 11th. Graduation was a top priority for Calais in college and though he had football eligibility left, Calais decided he would enter the NFL draft in 2008. In January of 2015, Calais donated $1.6 million to the University of Miami to establish a scholarship in his name, the largest gift from a former student athlete in the school’s history. The school renamed the defensive line meeting room after Calais in honor of his gift.
Calais Campbell is a 2X Pro Bowl defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars. After spending nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Calais signed a 4-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2017. He brings leadership and a dominant defensive presence to the teal and black. A second-round selection in the 2008 NFL draft, Calais played nine years in the Valley of the Sun, where he has served two years as defensive captain. In 2015, Calais was selected to his second Pro Bowl, earning second-team All-Pro honors in 2014. His 50.5 career sacks placed him third on the Cardinals franchise all-time sacks list.
Calais’ off-the-field interests extend to writing, producing, and broadcasting. While in Arizona he was the co-host of the Big Red Rage radio show, and now co-hosts Jaguars All Access. Following the 2008 season, Calais attended the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School. In 2012 he was one of 20 current and former NFL players who took part in the first NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios. In 2016, CBS Television announced it was developing a family comedy based on Calais’ life, in which Calais will act as an executive producer.
Calais has established himself as one of the NFL’s leading philanthropists through his work with the team and his CRC Foundation. A two-time Cardinals “Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year” selection, (2014, 2011) Calais has made it his mission to give back to the Arizona community through team events and his foundation work. Calais has also partnered with United Way and the NFL to promote reading and the importance of education. This award is exclusively voted on by NFL players. Campbell was one of 10 finalists for the honor, and was selected by his peers. Campbell is a fan favorite, true leader and veteran presence in a locker room that seems to be short on those kinds of guys.
In addition to his prominence on the field as a pass rusher and run stopper, Campbell is highly active in the community. He runs the CRC Foundation (named after his late father, Charles Richard Campbell). The foundation teaches youth critical life skills through a variety of mediums such as sports, vocational platforms, financial training, health and nutrition education and more. The Bart Starr Award was first given in 1989 to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent. Recent winners of the award include Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Benjamin Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Thomas Davis and Jason Witten.
Campbell will receive the award on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Atlanta at the 32nd annual Super Bowl Breakfast, which is one day before Super Bowl LIII. Former NFL head coaches Tony Dungy and Dan Reeves, and former player Anthony Munoz, will also be featured at the event. Campbell is the first Jaguar to win the Bart Starr Award. He is also Jacksonville’s nominee for the 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, and is one of eight finalist for that award, which is given to the player that most exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship on the field. The winner will be announced Super Bowl weekend.