Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a 40-yard field goal attempt in Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Campbell, who has nine field goal blocks in his career, the most among active NFL players, got his hand on Steelers kicker Chris Boswell’s fourth-quarter attempt, which landed well short of the uprights. The Ravens ultimately won by just two points, 16-14.
“I think he’s a Hall of Fame player,” coach John Harbaugh said Sunday. “He’s definitely a Hall of Fame field goal blocker; there’s no doubt about that. He’s a Hall of Fame man, too, a Hall of Fame leader.”
Campbell said special teams coordinator Chris Horton called an “audible” before the kick, having him line up in the “A” gap (between the long snapper and the blocker next to him) and trying to swim around the protection.
“We did it last year against some, but I haven’t worked on that since last year,” Campbell said Sunday. “It was a good call. He kicked the ball. I had a good chance to get up there and get it, get my left hand on it. It was a good feeling.”
This is Campbell’s second such special teams honor. He was also named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2009, while playing for the Arizona Cardinals.