Jared Allen did not make the immediate impact he wanted to when he joined the Vikings in 2008.
The Pro Bowl defensive end decided to do something about this and hired his old defensive line coach, Bob Karmelowicz, to help him out on a free-lance basis.
Karmelowicz had been Allen’s position coach with the Kansas City Chiefs but he was unemployed that season, so Allen started paying for Karmelowicz to travel to Minnesota each Tuesday.
"I've had the privilege of coaching with and against 'Karm' for a long time and he was one tough guy," said Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who spent six seasons (1997-00 and 2004-05) coaching with Karmelowicz in Kansas City. "Though his coaching success on the field speaks for itself, I will always remember him for how much he loved kids, his compassion for helping kids and how much he cared for his grandkids. That will always be his lasting impression on me."
Karmelowicz is survived by his wife, Olga, daughters, Liz and Marissa, and son, Dave.