Though unknown by most casual NFL fans, recently-deceased defensive line coach Bob Karmelowicz had a significant hand in the development of two of the best-known defensive linemen of the past two decades.
As mentioned in the announcement issued by the Lions, Karmelowicz’s most recent employer, Karmelowicz helped Warren Sapp make the transition from tight end to defensive tackle at the University of Miami in the early 1990s.
As an assistant with the Chiefs, Karmelowicz also helped turn a raw calf-roper into one of the best pass-rushers in the league.
And Jared Allen has expressed his appreciation for Karmelowicz’s role. “He was a major influence in my career,” Allen told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Not only was he a great coach, he was a better man. He was a great
friend and I will miss him dearly. I will always love him.”