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The Rush: Calais Campbell on Kaepernick, fantasy football fights and sack milestone

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Baltimore Ravens star defensive end Calais Campbell is on The Rush, chatting with his younger brother and Rush host Jared Quay about goals for his 15th season in the NFL, which quarterback he hopes to tackle for his 100th career sack, why an NFL comeback for Colin Kaepernick would be great for the league, his reaction to MLB star Tommy Pham smacking Joc Pederson over a fantasy football fallout, why he could help the Warriors win the NBA Finals and his frustrations with the commissioner of his fantasy football league… spoiler alert; it’s our host Jared Quay. Plus, Calais’ CRC Foundation is teaming up with Fund Recovery to provide three months of weekly therapy sessions to Baltimore-area teenagers. Donations made here will be matched by the Ravens to increase the number of teens who will have access to these valuable mental health services.

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JARED QUAY: In 2015, you played for the Arizona Cardinals. Me and you were playing in the championship. And you had your defense who scored 35 points on a defense because of you, and I felt like I was cheated. You physically went in there and won the game for yourself. And by that, means-- I mean, I don't know what consequence we could have, but [INAUDIBLE] could email Goodell to talk about, yo, this guy played harder because he was playing me in fantasy.

CALAIS CAMPBELL: [LAUGHS] Hey, man, you know it's nice when you could be in control. That's for sure.

JARED QUAY: What's up, everybody? I'm here with Baltimore Ravens defensive end, and definitely not my big brother-- all right, it is my big brother. Calais Campbell, man. How are you doing today, brother?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Oh, man, I'm fantastic, man. How are you doing, man?

JARED QUAY: I'm good I get to interview my brother which is kind of like the funniest and coolest thing ever. So you have 93 and 1/2 sacks. You're trying to get to 100 sacks. I hope that happens this year. Is there a specific quarterback you would like to sack for that 100 sack, if you get there?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Honestly, just to get to 100 would be dope. But if I had to pick somebody-- because you're my brother, I'm going to pick somebody. Normally, I would just kind of brush it under the rug.

JARED QUAY: Don't dance around it.

CALAIS CAMPBELL: I'm going to pick somebody.

JARED QUAY: Get real.

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Tom Brady. I think we play him Thursday night TV-- week, like, eight or nine-- so it's kind of early. But at the end of the day, why not? [INAUDIBLE] a fast start before. I feel like I got off to a fast start [INAUDIBLE] get up, celebrate. I feel like all the history is made. How cool would it be to make history on him?

- Oh, man, that would be-- that would be dope.

JARED QUAY: All right, I think you've sack this guy, but we're going to get to it. Last week, Colin Kaepernick tried out for the Raiders. Do you want to see Kap back in the league? And if so, will you sack him?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Of course. I mean, first of all, I think he's one of the higher people I sack the most. I don't know where he's on my list. But of course. I think Kap-- he was a great player, led his team to the Super Bowl, multiple [INAUDIBLE] of games, and he's just a competitor. I think it's good for the game to have just a guy like him be a part of it. And what he did before and being able to make the sacrifice he made by trying to stand up for something he believed in-- getting the repercussions that came with that, but then get another chance to come back in the league.

It would be even more special if he got a chance to start and actually play in the league. But to me, I feel like Kap being in the game is good for football.

- Did you hear that? Did you hear that?

JARED QUAY: The biggest story in the NFL is not even about NFL players. Joc Pederson, an MLB player, was smacked by opposing player, Tommy Pham, apparently over a fantasy football dispute. What do you think about that story?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Hey, man, it's wild. I mean, to each their own. I don't really agree in physical violence over a fantasy football. But I know-- there are personal fantasy football beefs-- there's been some times where people wanted to smack you because you're the commissioner and you've got some stuff that people didn't really agree with. So I think-- I think anybody who questions football can understand how intense it gets.

JARED QUAY: As a commissioner, I get worried. After seeing this story, I'm about to hire personal security just to make sure nobody slaps me or anything like that. The NBA Finals start on Thursday. You're a 6 foot 8 guy who used to be pretty good at basketball. So my question to you is, which team could use your help the most?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Well, I think the team I think will win is also the team that needs me. They would win a lot easier if they had a guy like me on the squad. Personally, I think the Warriors-- just, when they're rolling with their big three, they're the best team in basketball. And you know, with what the Celtics have done-- they're young and talented. That's their first time there, but they're good enough to win. But the Celtics have so much more size than the Warriors do.

And so if the Warriors brought in a guy like me-- 6 foot 8, protect the paint, blocking shots, hustling-- I feel like they got a good chance of winning. And they don't even realize this, but I'm a very good scorer, so that's just a plus. But on the defensive side, I feel like they can really use me.

JARED QUAY: A big thing about your legacy is how good of a person you are off the field. You won the Walter Payton Man of the Year. And your CRC foundation is funding three months of mental health treatment for Baltimore teenagers. When did you decide to add mental health services to your philanthropy?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: I feel like it's always been something that's been important to me. I feel like the more you talk to people and get a feel for what people are going through, you realize that it's so necessary. Everybody can benefit from having a therapist and just trying to have a better mental health.

And the NFL recently put therapists in locker rooms. And, you know, I talk to a therapist regularly myself and I talked to people who go and talk to the therapist. And it's always cool when you hear them say, like, man, I just had a really good conversation. We all need somebody to talk to. We all got people we go to for advice or when we're go through something-- we just them to lend an ear for us. But I think it's better when you have somebody who is trained.

JARED QUAY: And can you tell us how this program will work for Baltimore teenagers.

CALAIS CAMPBELL: I'm working with other programs that actually teamed up with Hall of Fame Health, and I thought that would be really cool idea, to partner with them and try to actually provide that service to people in the community. So we're raising money to try to get more kids. But I've committed to provide that for 12 kids. The Ravens have matched to provide for another 12 kids. And then we're raising money to see if we can get other kids to come along. But it's weekly for three months.

JARED QUAY: Well, look, man, thanks for not only being a great bigger brother to me, but a great bigger brother to everyone in NFL and all the kids that you help out, man. I appreciate you rushing with me today, man. And I'll probably call you in about two minutes to tell you how you did. But thank you, man. Have a great season, all right?

CALAIS CAMPBELL: Appreciate you. Much love.