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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 and the Capitals but has mostly covered the Redskins and the NFL since 1993. David has been recognized for his journalistic excellence by the New York State Press Association, the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. David completed 12 years on the board of the Pro Football Writers of America with a two-year term as president (2005-07) and currently serves as the Washington representative on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee. David has two daughters, Julie and Amy.

Articles by David Elfin

Redskins: Starters keep sliding

Last Saturday's debacle at Carolina convinced Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn not to rest his offensive starters in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Published August 29, 2008

Taylor relieved after diagnosis

Jason Taylor sat in the visiting locker room in the second quarter Saturday night at Carolina with Redskins owner Dan Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato. All three were worried about the state of Taylor's injured right knee, which had Washington's prized acquisition of 2008 lying face down on the field in agony. Published August 26, 2008

Redskins' Taylor injured in loss

Washington's embarrassing 47-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night - the second-worst in the franchise's last 48 preseasons - didn't matter. Published August 24, 2008

Broughton running out of chances, preseason

Nehemiah Broughton played his first game with the Washington Redskins three years ago in the same stadium where he might have played his last with the team Saturday night. Published August 24, 2008

NFLPA's Upshaw dies at 63

Gene Upshaw, a Hall of Fame guard for the Oakland Raiders who was just as tough and fearless in his post-playing career, died late Wednesday night at 63. Published August 22, 2008

Upshaw dies at 63

NFL players union chief felled by pancreatic cancer. Published August 22, 2008

Holly Bugel dies

Daughter of Redskins assistant suffered from cancer. Published August 22, 2008

Redskins: Portis changes approach

Clinton Portis used to take football for granted. He tolerated training camp and ignored the preseason. Published August 21, 2008

Absences force Griffin to be reluctant leader

Renaldo Wynn and Joe Salave'a don't work at Redskin Park anymore. Phillip Daniels hobbles in on crutches every so often. The absence of his former cronies and his approaching 32nd birthday tell Redskins defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin his time in Washington could be running short, too. Published August 20, 2008

Brennan steals spotlight from Favre

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. | Colt Brennan put a damper on Brett Favre's big night. The future Hall of Famer was excellent in his New York debut, but Washington's rookie quarterback made the biggest play, beating the blitz to hit tight end Jason Goode with a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter that beat the Jets 13-10 Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Published August 17, 2008

Tackling an opening

Redskins' Khary Campbell positions himself as starter. Published August 13, 2008

It's a numbers game for reserve linemen

Once Washington's starting offensive line ambled to the bench after two series - during which it had helped rack up 101 yards and build a 7-3 lead over the visiting Buffalo Bills in Saturday night's preseason home opener - the makeup of the second unit could have given any Redskins fan pause. Published August 11, 2008

Randle El ready to exceed expectations

The threat of Santana Moss' speed drew an Indianapolis Colts cornerback and safety with him, leaving fellow receiver Antwaan Randle El free to streak wide-open across the field and haul in a touchdown pass from Jason Campbell three snaps into the Jim Zorn era Sunday night in Canton, Ohio. Published August 7, 2008