Veteran defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz, who retired from the Detroit Lions after this past season, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 60.
Karmelowicz worked in the NFL for 18 seasons, making stops in Houston, Kansas City, Washington and Cincinnati before joining the Lions last season. He was a 35-year coaching veteran and he worked at Miami, helping Warren Sapp make the transition from tight end to tackle while also working with Russell Maryland and Cortez Kennedy on some of the best teams in the school’s history. Karemelowicz is also credited with helping bring along Mario Williams with the Texans.
“Bob touched many lives throughout his years of coaching and positively impacted the careers of countless players at both the collegiate and professional level,” Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement on the team’s Web site. “While he was only with the Lions for one season, his contributions to our team last year were greatly appreciated and he will be missed by all of us.”
Said Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who also worked with Karmelowicz in Kansas City: “I’ve had the privilege of coaching with and against ‘Karm’ for a long time and he was one tough guy. Though his coaching success on the field speaks for itself, I will always remember him for how much he loved kids, his compassion for helping kids and how much he cared for his grandkids. That will always be his lasting impression on me.”
The National Football Post extends its thoughts and prayers with Karmelowicz’s family.
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