Aaron Kampman’s no longer a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But if some of his teammates picked up on his professionalism, his influence will linger.
And Twitter gives us a couple indications that will be the case.
Aaron Kampman is THE best teammate I ever had. Hate to see him go.
— Terrance Knighton (@Yougotroasted96) June 7, 2012
Sad to see Kampman go..I'm grateful for the things he taught me on the field but more importantly about life. I wish him the best of luck!
— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) June 7, 2012
Some thoughts on Kampman on the day the Jaguars released him.
As Mark Long of AP points out, giving up on Kampman at this stage surely indicated the team’s feeling good about second-round pick Andre Branch, and Austen Lane, who’s was on IR last year after six games. You can also include John Chick here. Those three should be the guys beyond Jeremy Mincey to take the defensive end snaps.
The first time I spoke with Kampman, when he was recovering from the first of two ACL tears, he spoke of the recovery in a way I’ve never heard another player talk of it. He said he found the experience “purifying,” an outlook that’s struck me as healthy and always stuck with me.
He certainly will go on the negative side of Gene Smith’s GM ledger. But I don’t like to hold big injury guys at positions of need against teams who go for it. The Jaguars needed a pass- rusher, they needed leadership, and they made a move to get it. They got unlucky. (The Titans did that at receiver twice, memorably, with Yancey Thigpen and David Givens.)
I hope Kampman gets healthy and gets one more look somewhere. But if he doesn’t, I hope he’s satisfied with what he did as a player.