November 25th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Caleb Campbell

The West Point graduate is playing in his second NFL game today for the Detroit Lions, two years after being drafted out of the U.S. Military Academy.  Campbell is the first Army player in over a decade to play in a NFL game.

He thought he'd be able to report to the Lions in 2008 and serve as a recruiter while playing football, but the Defense Department changed the rules at the last minute, according to Yahoo! Sports blogger Chris Chase. After serving nearly all of his two years of mandatory military service, Campbell was signed to the practice squad in September and made his first game appearance Sunday. Today, surely he has plenty to be thankful for, and a second chance.

Choosing football over a military career is a decision he struggled with, Campbell told the Detroit News.

"They are over there putting their lives in harm's way and I'm here playing football," he said. "... I wondered if I was doing the right thing."

Update: The excitement over Campbell's play in the NFL was quelled when he was placed back on the practice quad before the Lions' Thanksgiving Day game.

Walter Green

The retired San Diego, California, corporate CEO has just finished the spiritual journey of a lifetime - traveling the globe for one year to say thank you to 44 people who have changed his life.  He's urging others to do the same.

"I discovered gold on this journey, so I'm just sharing it,"  Green, 71 - who refers to himself as refocused in life, not retired - told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "My hope is to awaken people to the logic of expressing your feelings to others while they're still alive and well, so there will be no painful regrets later."

Fred Karger

While most of the people who will be presidential candidates in 2012 haven't declared their intentions yet, Fred Karger has.

The onetime campaign aide to Ronald Reagan, who has long been active in political circles, has started airing campaign ads in the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire.  He told the New York Times he is “testing the waters in Iowa to see if I can raise some funds from my friends.”

As an openly gay “progressive” Republican, Karger does not expect to win the party's nomination. His goal is to become the first openly gay candidate for a major party

“My overriding goal is to be a participant in those Republican debates,” he told the Times. “I need to start early.”

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    I wish Caleb Campbell all the luck in the world. The Lions haven't won a Thanksgiving game in years.

    November 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. susan

    Dah!!!! He was released!

    November 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Pat Tillman.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Deborah Christine D'aNGELO, i Love You. I Still want to Marry you.

    N.B.C Owes YOU A Lot Of Money.

    YOU are MY Hero Of The Decade.

    I may Be beating on, killing and calling thme dirty names,,,
    But It is YOU I THink Of Each and every time.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    every Time I See mariah or Hillarys S/.Kank Face I Think of You.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    . every day i ahve scanned all Death reports etc Looking fo ryour Name.
    I have scanned from the V.a To the fbi and cai.
    every day i get list of ALL deaths of ALL Trops and ALL vets .

    November 25, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now as i slap around these snotty spolied useles lazy instigating greedy selfish female trash,, I am THinking of yOu.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    ., every time i slap around one of these gold digging w..h..ores, Im Thinking of you.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    . every timesee thier spoiled a..see in this s.uvs and truvks filling up at chevron, Im Thinking of you.
    (of course it is free to all them)

    November 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Major Captain John Smith

    Good meal. Thanks Merica.
    Starts with an M ends with a beer.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    . Marisa Miller. I Salute You.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    . Kieth Olbermaan, Once Again YOU save americas ass, Thank You.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Leon Panetta?
    YOU ARe Done.
    Y ou Are Next.
    One of " Us" Is Going now. Or Both.
    YOU suck MY BBADASS and Run YOU Pile OF Filth.
    Sucks To Be YOU.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Joss Stone Fans, Rolling Stone, YOU ALL Suck.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Cher &Christine, Luv Ya. U Rock. So Does Joss.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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