When Tennessee Titans defensive back Tommie Campbell lands at the Pittsburgh airport for the Titans game against the Steelers this weekend, Campbell will be walking on floors he used to mop, right past toilets he used to scrub.
Two years ago, Campbell was a janitor at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Today, he's a safety with the Titans, returning to his hometown for an NFL game. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean tells Campbell's unlikely story.
Campbell starred for the Aliquippa High School Quips in football, basketball and track. He had a scholarship to play at Pitt, but washed out there because he wasn't going to class. He got another chance at Edinboro University, but he stayed unproductive and unmotivated, and that's what led to his ticket to a pair of rubber gloves and the glamorous world of airport toilets.
For most guys, the story would've ended there, but Campbell didn't give up on himself, and found a couple of people who wouldn't give up on him,...