Daniel Allen Campbell (born April 13, 1976) is an American football coach and former tight end who is the assistant head coach and tight ends coach of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Texas A&M University. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, and subsequently played for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints. Campbell was named interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2015, and was hired as the assistant head coach of the Saints in 2016.[1] As a player, Campbell made the Super Bowl twice; with the Giants in 2000 and won with the Saints in 2009. He was also part of the 2008 Detroit Lions, the first NFL team to finish 0-16.

Dan Campbell
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Campbell as part of the Dolphins coaching staff in 2011
New Orleans Saints
Position:Assistant head coach
Tight ends coach
Personal information
Born: (1976-04-13) April 13, 1976 (age 43)
Clifton, Texas
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Glen Rose (TX)
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Miami Dolphins (2010)
    Coaching intern
  • Miami Dolphins (2011–2015)
    Tight ends coach
  • Miami Dolphins (2015)
    Interim head coach
  • New Orleans Saints (2016–present)
    Assistant head coach / tight ends coach
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:134
Receiving yards:934
Receiving TDs:11
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:5–7 (.417)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Campbell was born in Clifton, Texas and attended Glen Rose High School, where he was a tailback and tight end. As a senior, he recorded 27 receptions for 423 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for over 50 yards.

He accepted a football scholarship from Texas A&M University. In his last 2 seasons, he shared the tight end position with Derrick Spiller. As a junior, he posted 12 receptions for 143 yards (11.9-yard average) and 2 touchdowns.

As a senior, he started 2 games at the "B" slot, flanker, one game at split end and 2 contests at flanker. He recorded 7 receptions for 68 yards, one touchdown and 3 special teams tackles.[2]

Professional careerEdit

New York GiantsEdit

Campbell was selected by the New York Giants in the third round (79th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. In 2000, he started 4 games and was a part of the team that appeared in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2001, he became the team's regular starting tight end after passing Howard Cross on the depth chart and was mainly used as a blocking tight end.

In 2002, his blocking helped Kerry Collins throw for a club record 4,073 yards and Tiki Barber rush for the second best total in franchise history 1,387 yards.

Dallas CowboysEdit

Campbell was one of the first free agents to sign with the Dallas Cowboys after Bill Parcells was named the head coach in 2003. He quickly became a team leader and although Jason Witten emerged as the main tight end, he still served as a mentor and remained a key blocker on the offensive line.[3]

In 2004, he only played in three games because of torn ligaments in his foot and was placed on the injured reserve list on September 30. Witten would go on to have one of the best receiving seasons by a tight end in franchise history and received Pro Bowl honors.

In 2005, he recovered from an appendectomy on July 27, missing only 10 days of practice and returned to start all four preseason games.[4] The team employed two-tight end sets, which allowed him to start 12 games alongside Witten.

Detroit LionsEdit

On March 14, 2006, Campbell was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions. Known mostly as a blocking tight end, he posted career-highs in receiving yards (308), average per reception (14.7 avg), long reception (30 yards), and touchdowns (four), the most by a Lions tight end since 2001.

On September 22, 2007, he was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury.[5] On September 9, 2008, he was again placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was released on February 9, 2009.

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On February 26, 2009, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints reuniting with head coach Sean Payton who was his offensive coordinator with the Cowboys. On August 10, he was placed on injured reserve with an MCL injury he suffered in training camp.[6] He was still able to receive his first Super Bowl ring from the Saints' victory over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, and retired at the end of the year.

Career statisticsEdit

Receiving Stats Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg. Lng TD FUM Lost
1999 NYG 12 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000 NYG 16 5 8 46 5.8 13 3 1 1
2001 NYG 16 12 13 148 11.4 25 1 -- --
2002 NYG 16 16 22 175 8.0 27 1 -- --
2003 DAL 16 15 20 195 9.8 23 1 -- --
2004 DAL 3 2 2 16 8.0 9 0 -- --
2005 DAL 16 12 3 24 8.0 18 1 -- --
2006 DET 16 11 21 308 14.7 30 4 -- --
2007 DET 2 1 1 1 1.0 1 0 -- --
2008 DET 1 0 1 21 21.0 21 0 -- --
Career 114 76 91 934 10.3 30 11 1 1

Coaching careerEdit

Campbell was the tight ends coach with the Miami Dolphins from 2011 until he took over as the interim head coach when Joe Philbin was fired on October 5, 2015. Campbell led the team to five wins and seven losses.[7]

After leaving the Dolphins in January 2016, Campbell was hired by the Saints as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach.[8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIA 2015* 5 7 0 .417 - - - -
Total 5 7 0 .417 0 0 .000

*Interim head coach

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Campbell has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Tony Sparano Miami Dolphins 2010–2011
Joe Philbin Miami Dolphins 2012–2015
Sean Payton New Orleans Saints 2016–Present


  1. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (October 5, 2015). "Miami Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin". National Football League. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "The top players in this weekend's NFL..." Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Jason Witten: Dolphins coach Dan Campbell 'tough guy' and 'leader'". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Spears has sprained knee and ankle, pulled groin". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Injury sidelines Lions starting tight end Campbell for '07 season". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "New Orleans Saints place tight end Dan Campbell on injured reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Frustrated interim coach Dan Campbell learns from mistakes as Miami Dolphins season comes to close". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ex-Dolphins coach Dan Campbell to join New Orleans Saints". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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