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"There's truth to it," Campbell admitted, adding that "technique" and "hip flexibility" are his biggest areas for improvement. "I use (criticism) as motivation. It just makes me work harder."
The easy going Campbell will be just fine with wherever he lands.
"We've got enough mean things going on in this world," she pointed out. "I'm glad I raised him the way I did. You don't have to be mean, we've got enough people being mean. There's a shooting every day in the week, you see how these kids are dying?"
While Bruce's challenges haven't been as dire as cancer, he, too, has had to overcome obstacles. Among them are the labels that have been placed on him since his days starring at Hyde: too soft, too nice, too raw, too . something. Not tough enough . not smart enough, some have even suggested.
If he doesn't hear his name called for Thursday's first round, Campbell will likely shrug his shoulders and wait until Friday's second round, when his name will almost certainly be called. He has had workouts with Minnesota, Cleveland, Baltimore, Oakland, Washington and Dallas. Some believe Jerry Jones could make him the Cowboys' first selection (at No. 27 overall). Oakland's Al Davis is supposedly high on Giuseppe Zanotti Design Boots
Campbell will have a small gathering of friends and family together on Thursday, most likely at a local establishment, to watch the draft. Nothing too extravagant, as is his way.
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Eventually, the cancer again went into remission, but she was told that she would never have children. Today, she is the mother of four boys, ages 18, 13, 8 and 7.
Still, certain talent evaluators found other criticisms: namely, that he relied on his strength and athletic ability as a blocker, and not his technique.
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"I beat the odds," Contosha said, "so I know my brother is going to beat them, too."
At the NFL combine, Campbell ran an official 4.85 seconds in the 40 yard dash the fourth fastest ever recorded by an offensive lineman. The average time last year for offensive tackles was 5.3. His vertical leap was measured at 32 inches (remember, he's 315 pounds), and he bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times.
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blood cancer. It went into remission until she was in high school, when the cancer returned with a vengeance. Contosha needed a blood transfusion and bone marrow transplants, and for a while she wasn't even able to walk.
That's just Bruce being Bruce, according to his mother.
But when John Acquavita, the current Wilbur Cross football coach who coached Campbell at Hyde, heard the critiques, he gave Campbell a call.
"We moved in with no furniture, only the clothes we put on," she recalled. "We slept in the basement (early on)."
"In high school, they said you were soft and dumb," Acquavita reminded him. "Now, they're doubting whether you're tough enough. Bruce, you've heard that before. Now, you've got something to be mad about. Playing the game angry is sometimes pretty good. After you have a 15 year career, you can laugh about it down the road."
"Bruce would rather stay home, order pizzas and play video games until the draft is over," Acquavita said.
"I'm hearing things, but I try not to get into it with my agent," said Campbell, who is represented by the notorious Drew Rosenhaus. "It's not that I don't care too much, but I want to be happy somewhere and not (worry about) where I'm projected to go."
Indeed, life hasn't always been easy for Campbell. His parents divorced when "Little Bruce" was very young, and he and his older sister, Contosha, were raised by their mother. Determined to get her children away from the drugs and crime that prevailed around their home on Henry Street, Rita moved the family to Hamden.
"My son is very low key, very nonchalant," Rita said. "He's grateful, and he's glad he's getting where he's getting. He takes everything in stride. We just want good things, because he deserves it. I raised him pretty much by myself, and I always told him, 'Whatever you want in life, you've got to work hard for it. Then you'll appreciate it even more.'"
to have to have gym with the first and second graders because he's too strong, too big," Campbell's mother, Rita, recalled.
Some 15 years later, not much has changed. Although his mom refers to him as "Little Bruce" (his 6 foot 8 father, Bruce, Sr., is the former Wilbur Cross and Providence College basketball standout), Campbell, at 6 7, 315 pounds, is a true physical specimen. Some have Campbell going early in the opening round, even in the top 10. More likely, the New Haven native and former Hyde standout, who played three years at the University of Maryland before bypassing his senior year to turn pro, will be a late first round or early second round selection.
But Rita worked two jobs to support her children, and they persevered despite more hardship. As a child, Contosha was diagnosed with a rare type of Jimmy Choo Bridal Shoes Price
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