TEMPE, Ariz. -- With any big contract in professional sports comes added pressure to perform. The five-year deal Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell inked Thursday is no exception.
Campbell welcomes that pressure, though, and embraces the expected leadership that comes with the Cardinals' commitment.
"Pressure is definitely a part of the game, and I think it brings the best out of players," Campbell said. "I like having pressure on me. I think it makes me work even harder. It's easier to work hard."
Dressed in what he called his best suit, Campbell addressed the media at Cardinals headquarters Friday, his mother and two siblings watching proudly from the back of the room. The humble 25-year-old spent less than seven minutes behind the microphone addressing his long-term deal worth a reported 55 million, but it was clear in that time that Campbell took another step in his evolution with the Cardinals.
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