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Posted on: Sunday, May 2, 2010

NFL: Lions' Bob Karmelowicz dies after 3-plus decades as coach


Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Bob Karmelowicz, a football coach with three-plus decades of experience, has died. He was 60.

The Detroit Lions, who employed Karmelowicz as defensive line coach last year, announced Sunday he passed away the previous day because of an illness.

Karmelowicz spent the past 18 seasons as a defensive line coach in the NFL with Detroit, the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.

He was with the Miami Hurricanes from 1989-91, helping Warren Sapp go from playing tight end to defensive tackle.

Karmelowicz is from Plainville, Conn., and played at the University of Bridgeport. He also coached at Washington State, Illinois, UNLV, Texas-El Paso, Massachusetts and Arizona State.