Redskins' few degrees of separation with Super Bowl

Redskins' few degrees of separation with Super Bowl
February 1, 2012, 7:04 pm
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There may be only one player (Devin Thomas) with a direct Redskins tie to this Super Bowl, but there are many connections. A look at those:

Redskins-Giants connections

Ex-Redskins with Giants: WR Devin Thomas (player 2008-10), offensive line coach Pat Flaherty (assistant coach 2000), defensive line coach Robert Nunn (assistant coach 2003) and tight ends coach Michael Pope (assistant coach 1997-99)

Ex-Giants on Redskins: NT Barry Cofield (2006-10)

DE Stephen Bowen is from Dix, N.Y., and played at Hofstra, in Long Island, N.Y., and FB Darrel Young is from Amityville, N.Y., also in Long Island.

Special teams coach Danny Smith was on the same Buffalo staff as current Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride in 2002-03.

Gilbride (1999-2000) was on the same Pittsburgh staff as current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

LB London Fletcher was with St. Louis (1998-2001) when Giants secondary coach Peter Giunta (1997-2000) was the Rams defensive coordinator.

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall was teammates with Giants LB Michael Boley in Atlanta (2005-07).

Redskins WR Santana Moss was a Jets teammate with current Giants OT Kareem McKenzie (2001-04).

Redskins LB Brian Orakpo and Giants CB Aaron Ross (Miami) and Redskins S LaRon Landry and Giants WR Michael Clayton and CB Corey Webster (LSU) were college teammates.

Redskins-Patriots connections
Ex-Redskins on Patriots: DE Andre Carter (2006-10, on injured reserve).

Ex-Patriots on Redskins: WRs Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth.

Patriots LB Tracy White played at Howard University in Washington.

Mike Shanahan coached Patriots DT Gerard Warren in Denver (2005-06).

Redskins QB Rex Grossman and Patriots DE Mark Anderson were teammates in Chicago (2006-08).

Redskins C Will Montgomery and Patriots DE Shaun Ellis were teammates with the Jets (2007-08).

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall and Warren were Oakland teammates for first half of 2008 season. Grossman was with Warren at Florida.

Bowen played at Hofstra with Patriots CB Kyle Arrington.

LB Rocky McIntosh was a college teammate at Miami with Patriots DT Vince Wilfork.

The Florida Gators group: Redskins G Maurice Hurt with Patriots LB Jermaine Cunningham, TE Aaron Hernandez and LB Brandon Spikes.

Redskins LS Nick Sundberg was at California with Patriots RB Shane Vereen.