When the Tennessee Titans come into Pittsburgh this weekend, they know it is always a special team against the Steelers.
But for Titans rookie cornerback Tommie Campbell, this weekend's game will be extremely special.
Campbell, you see, will have all sorts of memories come back to him as he walks through the Pittsburgh airport. But not necessarily good memories.
That's because for a time, Campbell, who began his career at the University of Pittsburgh and finished two stops later at tiny California, Pa., once worked in the Pittsburgh airport as a janitor cleaning toilets for a living and believing football was over for him.
Now, a couple of years later, Campbell is back in the NFL having left that life behind.
“It's going to be a very amazing feeling, very humbling and blessed, because God has helped me out so far and I'm going to continue the path He wants me following,” Campbell said.
Campbell remembers it well and said it now motivates him to work harder, as he thinks about it every day.
“Honestly, everyday I approach that scenario, because I lived life without football, and without a college degree. I already know what it's like to live life without those two things, so it makes me work 10 times harder every day to progress on the field,” he said.