Where Are They Now? Aaron Kampman

Aaron Kampman, 02BA
Iowa linebacker and defensive end, 1998-2001

A four-year letterman at Iowa, Aaron Kampman started in 37 of his 44 games with the Hawkeyes. As a senior in 2001, Kampman led the Hawkeyes to their first winning record and bowl bid in four years. He finished his college career as a two-time academic All-American, a three-time all-Big Ten honoree, and with the seventh-most tackles in UI history (342).

The Green Bay Packers drafted Kampman in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In 2006, he led his division with 15.5 sacks—the second-most in the NFL—and played in the Pro Bowl for the first time. He returned to the Pro Bowl in 2008, but suffered a season-ending knee injury the following year.

Despite his injury, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Kampman in 2010. He had four sacks in eight games before again tearing an ACL and being placed on injured reserve. Earlier this year, the Jaguars released Kampman and he is currently a free agent.

Beyond sports, Kampman is a role model in other important ways. He is the 2012 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award winner, an honor given by the nonprofit Character Counts In Iowa.

Photo courtesy: Sports Information
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