Cary Conklin, who serves at the team’s West Coast regional scout in his seventh season with the Lions, brings both scouting and coaching experience to the team’s player personnel department. From 2006-08, Conklin was a scout for the St. Louis Rams and was a scout for the Washington Redskins in 2003. As a coach, Conklin coached quarterbacks at Eastern Michigan from 2000-01 and was the wide receivers coach at the University of Washington in 1998. He began his coaching career at Washington where he was a student assistant and worked with quarterbacks from 1996-98.
In 1990, Conklin was a fourth-round pick at quarterback by the Washington Redskins in the NFL Draft. He played for the Redskins from 1990-94 and with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. Conklin was a teammate of Lions Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Martin Mayhew with the Redskins during the 1990-92 seasons.
In college, Conklin set numerous passing records for the Washington Huskies. He was recruited to play for the Huskies after being named Washington’s Gatorade Player of the Year while attending Eisenhower High School in Yakima, Wash.Conklin is married to wife, Demetra, and has two daughters, Cosette and Violet, and a son, Canon.
The third time proved to be the charm for the late Dick Stanfel, an All-Pro guard on the Detroit Lions’ championship teams of the 1950s, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.