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Former Canes Jared and Calais Campbell want to be the next Wayans brothers

At 6-8, 310 pounds, former Hurricanes defensive end Calais Campbell can appear awfully frightening to an NFL quarterback when he's in full-out pursuit. 

Calais Campbell But that's not the scariest he's ever looked according to his younger brother and former Canes safety Jared Campbell. "Put a dress on him and give him one of my mother's wigs," Jared said, "and he becomes the ugliest blind date you've ever seen." 

All in the name of comedy of course. Somewhere back home in the Campbell family's video vault in Colorado, Jared said there is a home video of Calais playing a nightmare blind date during one of the many sketch comedy routines they filmed with their other brothers Ray, Severin and Ciarre.

Will it ever be seen by the rest of the world? "Probably not," Jared said laughing. "But you might see him doing something else pretty funny."

The Campbells, a football-first family from Denver who became a part of UM's family when Calais starred there from 2004-2007 and Jared played there from '07-10, are hoping to break into Hollywood with their act. And if the chips land where they need to, Calais said, "we might be the next Wayans brothers."

Calais, who is still waiting for the NFL lockout to end so he can he rejoin the Arizona Cardinals (where he racked up 60 tackles and 6 sacks last season in his third full pro year), recently attended the 15th annual American Black Film Festival here in Miami over the weekend. The trip was just part of his off-season tour as he continues to learn all he can about the film industry, with his ultimate goal to be a comedy writer after football.

"Football is first always, that's my job and I love it," Calais said. "But when you're only working out three or four hours a day, there's a lot of extra time to do stuff.

"I want to make movies one day, write, produce and direct. By this time next year, I'd like to have one complete script done. I have some ideas, know what I want to write. The first one, it's kind of like a football type movie, but based on people I know who are very funny. I was always told write what you know. So, it will be based on the situations I've been in and my brothers have been in really."

Campbell, who took acting classes and learned how to pitch story ideas to film and TV from Hollywood's best while he was here over the weekend, has kept himself immersed this summer in his off field pursuit. He’s visited the set of Funny or Die where he shared ideas with comedian Will Ferrell, he met with writers of Family Guy and recently attended a taping of Tosh.0 where he met with producers.

Jared Campbell "Doors open up so much when you're a professional athlete," Campbell said. "I got to meet Michael Bay, the director of Transformers, a year ago. I was talking to him for awhile, just talking sports. Actors and directors love sports. I ask them about movies and they want to know about football."

While Calais' goal is to eventually get into the business, Raj Campbell, a former receiver at Adams State College, already has. The 27-year old is a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles, according to Calais, and "puts on comedy shows."

Jared, who graduated from UM with a degree in Motion Pictures, could be the next Campbell brother to head to L.A. Undrafted and still hoping to catch on with an NFL team after the lockout ends, Jared said his backup plan should football not work out is to join his brother Raj on the West Coast.

"If football doesn't work out, there's a few internships and TV shows I've got my eyes on," said Jared, who is currently working out in Arizona to keep himself in shape to join an NFL team. "Football has always been my dream, but making movies has been my passion. It started in high school when I used to do the student announcements and we'd play with the cameras, take them home and do little skits with my brothers. But it's pretty serious now.

"Calais and I talk about scripts, formulating ideas. He'll give me the ideas, I'll type it up, come up with the script. He's pretty funny, not just when he's dressed up like a girl either. It's funny seeing a 6-8 guy act silly."


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Nice...Good Luck to both of them....

It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication to the craft of writing, producing or directing. It is insulting to those that work in that industry to just "decide" that you can hang out and talk to some people over a few weekends and then say that you're gonna do it. It would be like if I shook hands with a few neurosurgeons and then decided that one year from now I would do my first subdural evacuation. But I guess these guys have been told their entire lives that they are awesome and probably have huge egos. With that said, I wish them the best. Jared Campbell has a greater chance making an NFL team as he does making it In LA as a successful comedian.

New article out by Barry Jackson on Golden's recruiting and potential prospects.

A more general question regarding David Thompson - why would anyone, guaranteed All-American QB or not, risk a baseball career for a chance to make it as an NFL QB?

Minimum wage for baseball is now about half a million a year, and you're guaranteed that for as many years as your arm holds out. Risk it in the NFL and you could either hit the lottery or more likely fizzle out of the league if the team that drafts you labels you a bust after a couple seasons.

MANNY/SUSAN - do you know when schools have to make a decision on redshirting kids? Is Chickillo definitely playing next year?

I think anyone can redshirt at any given time, as long as there playtime has been limited to a certain point. You can dress all year, not play, and redshirt at the end of the season.

Hey SFCane: I think the more successful actors have never had any formal training nor have they gone to college for it. I say the two Campbell "bros" are on the right track.

Look at it this way: Abe Lincoln was a lawyer, but never went to law school. That seems odd. U agree, Sir?

Coach Golden ... Joe Pa call U and let U know his plans yet ?


wat's Gruden's bruther's name agaain ?

This clown must not have a job. Why would anyone constantly try to irritate fans of a rival program? The fact is you're failing at that, just like you're failing in your pathetic little life. Sad!

The Pig does have a job. He is graveyard shift officer at Costco in charge of guarding frozen foods and desserts. That is why he posts after midnight.

He is a loser. No friends. Women won't sniff him.

You get the picture.

lol @ blog pig...I bet the troll is fatter than charlie weiss. He probably reeks of gravy when he gets a paper cut.

MANNY/SUSAN - do you know when schools have to make a decision on redshirting kids? Is Chickillo definitely playing next year?

Posted by: Eudocimus | July 12, 2011 at 09:07 PM

Pretty sure they have until the fourth game of the season. Basically, the "redshirt" tag is not official until the end of the season though. So a freshman that plays in the bowl game is unable to claim "redshirt" status for that year, even if it is for one play.

It came up during Cooper's rehab. It was one of the reasons folks were upset with Shannon using some of the freshmen in late special teams plays, ruining their "redshirt" year. They are less likely to sit out the year as a sophomore.

But Shannon was desperately trying to save his job. Failed, but tried.

310? since when he left the U at 280.

Dare I say that these two will better the not funny Wayans brothers? Also I am still predicting, as the leading national pubs say, Al gets 10 victories. We have lots of talent coming back, but another murderous schedule.
BB: depends on Reggie and his recovery from injury.

And by the way, since the gaytors have a bit of prominence in the ladies world cup - I predict they lose to japan and bring disgrace the nation as all gaytors do. Whose with me?

thanks for sharing.

Good luck to both young men and may they always see a rising sun!

SFCane, Ice Cube wrote Friday with no experience and to this day it's one of the funniest movies. You don't need training and degrees to tell a good story.

How is this a story? Who cares.

Manny? Are you going to FIU's home opener against North Texas. FIU is having a big ceremony for FIU's alumni. Hope to see you there.

The Wayans Brothers were funny?

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