Thursday July 11, 2013Former Gators coaching in NFL and what do you know, one is a former roommate
Updated: 9:01am, July 12
Updated: 9:01am, July 12
Dan Quinn returned to Seattle as a first-time NFL defensive coordinator after two seasons at UF.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sometimes you never know what nugget you’ll find in the media guide.
The 2013 Florida football media guide is out and I’ve spent the better part of the afternoon flipping through its 196 pages.
As I glanced at a chart of former UF players and assistants on Page 171, suddenly I thought, “Hey, look, my former road roommate is now quality control coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.”
I immediately went to Kansas City’s website to make sure, and sure enough, former Gators quality control assistant Mark DeLeone is not only with the Chiefs, he worked for the Jets last season. DeLeone was at UF during the 2010 season, my first at UF writing for GatorZone.com, and left after the season to join Steve Addazio's inaugural staff at Temple.
I guess I should keep up with my former roommates better.
Truth be told, I didn’t get to know DeLeone that well. He was always in a staff meeting on the road while I was usually working on my laptop in the room.
My first road game in this position was Florida’s win at Tennessee in 2010. I was still in transition between Tampa and Gainesville and didn’t travel with the team to Knoxville. As a result, I didn’t arrive at the hotel until late Friday night.
When I went up to my room, there was already luggage and other items inside, so I assumed I had been given the wrong room. Nope, I had a roommate.
So, for the rest of that season I roomed with DeLeone, whose father George DeLeone is a longtime NFL assistant and current offensive coordinator at Connecticut.
What little time we did have to chat was always informative. DeLeone is a football junkie and obviously putting that knowledge to use while climbing the coaching ranks.
As for that chart I alluded to earlier, here is a list of former Gator players or coaches now coaching in the NFL:
Name UF position At UF Current NFL team Position
Teryl Austin Def. coordinator 2010 Baltimore Ravens Secondary coach
Mark DeLeone Quality control 2010 Kansas City Chiefs Quality control
George Edwards Grad assistant 1991 Miami Dolphins Linebackers coach
Jedd Fisch Grad assistant 1999-00 Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive coordinator
John Grieco Strength coach 1995-03 Oakland Raiders Strength coach
Ike Hilliard Player (WR) 1994-96 Buffalo Bills Receivers coach
Jon Hoke Def. coordinator 1995-01 Chicago Bears Defensive backs coach
Larry Kirksey Running backs 1984-88 Houston Texans Receivers coach
Marquand Manuel Player (DB) 1998-01 Seattle Seahawks Defensive assistant
Dan Quinn Def. coordinator 2011-12 Seattle Seahawks Def. coordinator
Bob Sanders Def. line/LBs 1990-00 Oakland Raiders Linebackers
Brian Schottenheimer Player (QB) 1995-96 St. Louis Rams Offensive coordinator
Mike Shanahan Off. coordinator 1980-83 Washington Redskins Head coach
Bob Slowik Assistant DBs 1980-82 Washington Redskins Linebackers
Cedric Smith Player (FB) 1986-89 Houston Texans Strength coach
Tyke Tolbert Tight ends 2002 Denver Broncos Wide receivers coach
Anthony Weaver Grad assistant 2010 Buffalo Bills Defensive line