Calais Campbell donates $1.6 million to Miami, endows scholarship

Calais Campbell played three seasons at (and graduated from) Miami. (USATSI)
Calais Campbell played three seasons at (and graduated from) Miami. (USATSI)

A Miami fundraising campaign has netted the largest gift from a former Hurricanes player in the program's history, thanks to Calais Campbell.

Miami announced Wednesday that the All-ACC defensive end and 2006 Hurricanes team MVP has donated $1.6 million to his alma mater, money that will be used to create the Calais Campbell Football Defensive Lineman Endowed Scholarship in perpetuity. The team's meeting room for defensive linemen will also now be renamed for Campbell, currently a Pro Bowl lineman for the Arizona Cardinals.

“Calais' generosity will create opportunities for young men for years to come and on behalf of the University, I want to express our gratitude for his commitment to Miami," athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “Calais is an incredible man and along with his family, understands the importance of education and the impact a positive environment can have on a student-athlete.”

Campbell played at Miami from 2005 through 2007 and graduated in 2008.

"While running through the smoke as a Miami Hurricane will always be one of the great honors of my life, I am equally as proud of the education I received while a Hurricane student-athlete,” Campbell said. “The University of Miami continues to strive for the best in both academics and athletics, and it’s my honor to be a small part of that effort."

From the Twitter feed of Hurricanes coach Al Golden:

Along with a $1.5 million gift from former Hurricanes running back Ken Hunt, Miami has surpassed $106 million in its current "Momentum2" fund-raising campaign.

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