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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 use safety net

A year ago, the Washington Redskins thought they had their safety tandem for the future in Sean Taylor and LaRon Landry. Published August 6, 2008

Jansen says playing in Canton's no bust

The last time Jon Jansen came to Canton, he was an indestructible Washington Redskins offensive tackle. He had never missed a practice, let alone a game during his first five seasons. Published August 4, 2008

Hall of Fame welcomes Green, Monk

Washington Redskins legends Art Monk and Darrell Green each became emotional as they accepted their enshrinements into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Published August 3, 2008

Redskins fans enjoy coronation in Canton

CANTON, Ohio | Washington Redskins fans had to be here Saturday. They had to celebrate the induction of Darrell Green and Art Monk into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Published August 3, 2008

Green, Monk welcomed to the club

CANTON, Ohio | Darrell Green and Art Monk were initiated into pro football's most exclusive fraternity Friday here in the sport's birthplace. Published August 2, 2008

Evans moves inside

Redskin shifts in third-down situations. Published July 31, 2008

On the Hall of Fame campaign trail

Election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a foregone conclusion for a fortunate few, such as former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green. Published July 30, 2008

An effort to separate himself

His teammates stand and watch practice because of swollen knees, strained calves and sore hamstrings, but Washington Redskins linebacker Matt Sinclair doesn't allow himself the luxury of resting his separated shoulder. Not after his parents made him wait until he was a high school sophomore to play tackle football and not after being cut by three teams before he finally got into an NFL game in his third season as a pro last fall. Published July 29, 2008

Zoning in on education

Washington Redskins cornerback Leigh Torrence already is thinking about life after the NFL. Published July 28, 2008

Bugel remains committed to coaching

Joe Bugel easily could have followed his buddy Joe Gibbs into retirement after last season, a year in which their Washington Redskins endured star safety Sean Taylor's murder and the loss of the right side of the offensive line before Week 2 ended. Published July 26, 2008

Both Jansen, Thomas try to stay right

Two teammates suffered season-ending injuries. A storm cut short a practice. Heat and humidity turned the other workouts into oppressive sweatfests. Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen aren't complaining. Published July 24, 2008

Taylor makes all the right moves

Jason Taylor is as smooth on a podium as he is rushing the passer. The Redskins' newest star lived up to his billing Monday. Published July 22, 2008

Daniels accepts injury could be end of career

A day after his season ended virtually before it started with a torn left ACL, Washington Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels was, of course, downcast about 2008 but upbeat about playing next year. Published July 22, 2008

Reversion to old ways is quite quick

The Monday Morning Quarterback started his first day back in 2008 writing about the pleasures of opening training camp on a Sunday morning. The column was filed ... and then came the really big news. Published July 21, 2008