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Thursday July 11, 2013 Former Gators coaching in NFL and what do you know, one is a former roommate

Updated: 9:01am, July 12

Dan Quinn

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

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