You can follow Army Lt. Caleb Campbell and Air Force Lt. Chad Hall on Twitter as they both try to make NFL rosters this summer after two years away from football. Cambpell (@LT_Campbell53) and Hall (@chadhall16) started training camp this week with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles respectively.
Both are long shots to make the roster, but have each earned praise from their teams and surprised outside observers with their talent.
Hall, a standout wide receiver/running back/kick returner at the Air Force Academy, is trying to make the Eagles as both a receiver and a third down running back. His senior year, 2007, he was named Mountain West offensive player of the year after he racked up 2,683 all-purpose yards and scored 16 touchdowns.
Campbell, a safety at West Point, will try earn a roster spot as a linebacker with the Lions. He was the touchstone for the debate over whether academy grads should be allowed to play on pro teams after the Lions drafted him in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL draft.
Hall has provided a blow by blow of his time in training camp with gems like: “Practice #3 was great, it was a tough morning and hard to get going, once I got between the lines it was on. Thrown to a lot & caught em all.” Alright, so Hall might not have the entertaining flair that @OGOchocinco might, but it gives a good inside look at what their days are like.