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Former Raiders DT Tommy Kelly joins Cardinals as coaching intern

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During his nine years in Oakland, Tommy Kelly went from a player you rarely ever heard from — due to the muzzle Warren Sapp put on his fellow linemen — to an outspoken media darling and veteran locker room presence. But he wasn’t necessarily the type of player you would have envisioned would be interested in going into coaching.

Well, apparently coaching is of at least some interest to Kelly because he has joined the Cardinals as a coaching intern, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

Kelly spent his final NFL season with the Cards in 2014, so he has those connections with the team. Also doing an internship with the Cardinals is former NFL receiver Plaxico Burress, who played his last NFL season in 2012 and famously shot himself in the leg and was charged with possession of a firearm in New York City, causing him to miss two full seasons in 2009-10.

Kelly went undrafted in 2004 out of Mississippi State and became a full time starter in his second season. From there he started 117 games over nine seasons in Oakland, putting up 34.5 sacks which is seventh all time in Raiders history.