Lions full of former Redskins

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Matt Millen is finally gone, but Jon Jansen isn’t the only former Redskins employee in Detroit.

Although the longtime right tackle is the only ex-Redskin on the Lions’ roster, defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz, strength coach Jason Arapoff, trainers Dean Kleinschmidt and Al Bellamy, general manager Martin Mayhew, assistant director of pro personnel Miller McCalmon, scouts Cary Conklin and Dave Sears and public relations chief Bill Keenist all spent years in Washington.

Karmelowicz coached here from 1994-96 before being fired when Mike Nolan replaced Ron Lynn as Norv Turner’s defensive coordinator.

Arapoff and Bellamy both began working for the Redskins in 1998 and were part of the purge that took place following the 2000 season.

Kleinschmidt assisted Bubba Tyer during the brief Steve Spurrier era (2002-03).

Mayhew played cornerback for the Redskins from 198-92 and got his front office start in Washington in 1999 while finishing law school at Georgetown.

McCalmon scouted for Washington from 1990-2000.

Conklin, a Redskins backup quarterback from 1990-93, scouted for the team in 2003 as did Sears from 1997-2000.

Keenist got his start in the NFL with the Redskins from 1981-83.

Arapoff, Bellamy, Conklin, Keenist, Mayhew and McCalmon all won Super Bowl rings in Washington.

Those glory days seem like ancient history now, don’t they?

— David Elfin

 

 

 

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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