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A look at the connections between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions.Read


  • Lions executive vice president and general manager Bob Quinn is a native of Norwood, Mass., and earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from University of Connecticut. He was also a graduate assistant in the athletic department for the Huskies.
  • Lions WR Noel Thomas is a native of Norwalk, Conn., and attended St. Luke’s School (New Canaan, Conn.). He went on to be a three-year starter at the University of Connecticut, where he recorded 183 receptions, the fourth-most in school history.
  • Lions vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien attended Harvard University and interned with the Patriots while an undergraduate student there.
  • Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached the wide receivers at Rhode Island from 1978-79.
  • Lions tight ends coach Al Golden served as linebackers coach at Boston College from 1997-99.
  • Lions defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Tony Oden was also a graduate assistant at Boston College in 1997.
  • Lions linebackers coach Bill Sheridan coached the linebackers at the University of Maine form 1987-88.


  • Patriots QB Tom Brady played at the University of Michigan from 1997-99, where he amassed a 20-5 record as a two-year starter for the Wolverines.
  • Patriots DL Alan Branch attended Michigan from 2004-06 and earned first-team All-Big Ten and ESPN All-America honors.
  • Patriots LB David Harris hails from Grand Rapids, Mich. He attended Ottowa Hills High School and went on to play at Michigan from 2003-06.


  • Lions executive vice president and general manager Bob Quinn was hired by the Lions after 16 seasons with the Patriots (2000-15), most recently as director of pro scouting. During his time at New England, he had a hand in developing teams that won 13 division titles, six AFC championships and four Super Bowls.
  • Lions defensive assistant – special projects George Godsey spent three years on the coaching staff with the Patriots from 2011-13.
  • Lions tight ends coach Al Golden played one season in the NFL with the Patriots.
  • Lions head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash, Jr., worked on the Patriots’ strength staff for 11 seasons from 2006-16, starting as an assistant coach before being promoted to head strength and conditioning coach in 2011.
  • Lions vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien was with the Patriots from 2002-11, serving in various roles in the personnel department during his tenure with the team.
  • Lions S Tavon Wilson was drafted by the Patriots in 2012 NFL Draft. During his four seasons at New England, he appeared in 54 regular season games and seven postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Lions WR Keshawn Martin played one season with the Patriots in 2015, starting eight of the nine games in which he appeared and recording 24 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Lions TE Tim Wright was with the Patriots for the 2014 season, playing all 16 regular season games and making two starts.

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The Dallas Cowboys plan to interview former University of Miami head coach Al Golden on Wednesday for a defensive position.

Golden will meet with head coach Jason Garrett in Mobile, case Ala., where the Cowboys are coaching the North team in the Senior Bowl.

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