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D.C.'s Longest Tenured Athletes

Jaime Moreno, back in the day. (1997 photo by Khue Bui - TWP

I was reading The Post's story the other day about how Brendan Haywood is the longest tenured Wizard, one of just 10 active NBA players to spend at least eight seasons with one team, and the only player on the team's roster who preceded Ernie Grunfeld.

"Everybody is gone except me," Haywood said. "It is weird, when I tell somebody I've been in the league, coming up on nine years, they say, 'How many teams?' I say, 'Just D.C.' They say, 'Wow, that's crazy.' Because normally you get through free agency or trade, people leave their cities, but I've always been here. It's been fun and I hope I can end my career here."

Which got me to thinking, who is the longest tenured D.C. athlete on any local team? Sounds like a good list. Here it is.

1. Jaime Moreno, D.C. United, 13th season*
2. Ben Olsen, D.C. United, 12th
3. Chris Samuels, Redskins, 10th
4t. Brendan Haywood, Wizards, 9th
4t. Ethan Albright, Redskins, 9th
4t. Bryan Namoff, D.C. United, 9th
4t. Mike Sellers, Redskins, 9th*
8t. Ladell Betts, Redskins, 8th
8t. Rock Cartwright, Redskins, 8th
8t. Santino Quaranta, D.C. United, 8th*
11t. Gilbert Arenas, Wizards, 7th
11t. Nakia Sanford, Mystics, 7th
11t. Fred Smoot, Redskins, 7th*

* - Denotes seasons were non-consecutive

Boyd Gordon, in his sixth season with the Caps (not counting the lockout year), is the longest tenured Capital. Cristian Guzman is the longest tenured Natinal. Jason Bergmann, I believe, is the longest tenured Natinal. Neither has reached half of Moreno's years or service.

And at the top, it's D.C. United domination, whether you're judging based on total tenure or consecutive tenure.

(By the way, the whole intro above, where I said this item was inspired by the Haywood article, was a total fabrication. I just wanted to ask some D.C. United guys about something other than their naked ESPN photo shoot, and this seemed apropos. More on their answers in a bit.)

Chris Samuels, back in the day. Look, it's Vinny! (2000 photo by Joel Richardson - TWP

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
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Posted by: fushezzi | October 16, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright have done nothing for 8 straight years. How in the hell are they still in the NFL?

Posted by: inchesfromyourface | October 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If Ben Olsen was loaned to Nottingham Forest back in 00/01, does that still count as him playing consecutively for DC?

Posted by: Josh86 | October 16, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Jason Bergmann, I believe, is the longest tenured Natinal."

Bergmann made his major league debut on 8/28/05. Ryan Zimmerman's debut was four days later on 9/1/05. But since Bergmann has spent parts of several seasons afterward in the minors and Zimmerman has been in the majors continuously, Zimmerman would have more major league service time.

And it's National, Dan, not Natinal. You know that. If you're looking for the longest-tenured Natinal, Zimmerman and Adam Dunn would be tied with three innings each. You've milked that one about as long as you can. Give it up already.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 16, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Olie held the title for a number of years after Darrell Green retired. Until Olie left that is. Also, Jansen would be third I think if he was still here.

Posted by: poguesmahone | October 16, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

OK, it's a couple of years out of date.

Posted by: kolbkl | October 16, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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