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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/21/2010

D.C.'s longest tenured athletes take another hit

By Dan Steinberg

(By Toni L. Sandys - TWP)

It's been hardly more than a year since I compiled this list of D.C.'s longest-tenured athletes. There were 13 names on the list. With Gilbert Arenas's departure, only three names remain in D.C. Tough line of work, this pro sports business.

From my quick roster reviews and some help from Barry Svrluga, I could find just nine current D.C. pro athletes with at least seven years of service in this town. I'm giving two pre-lockout Caps credit for the lockout year, but either way, they'd meet the seven-season threshold.

While many of the people on this list aren't stars, at least any longer, the six-season mark is filled with some of Washington's best athletes. Ryan Zimmerman, Andray Blatche, Mike Green, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Santana Moss and others are all on their sixth season in Washington.

Here, though, are the names at the top:

1. Mike Sellers, Redskins, 10th season*
2. Santino Quaranta, D.C. United, 9th*
3t. Nakia Sanford, Mystics, 8th
3t. Boyd Gordon, Capitals, 8th
3t. Brooks Laich, Capitals, 8th
6t. Chris Cooley, Redskins, 7th
6t. Phillip Daniels, Redskins, 7th
6t. Clinton Portis, Redskins, 7th
6t. Alana Beard, Mystics, 7th

* denotes non-consecutive seasons.

One final note about Gilbert's departure. He was the last guy standing from the starting lineups of the 2006 playoff series against the Cavaliers. None of the other starters for either team is still on the Cavs or the Wiz.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 21, 2010; 12:37 PM ET
Categories:  Caps, D.C. United, Mystics, Nats, Redskins, Wizards  
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Your asterisks lead to nowhere, and while I know what they're for, looking for the other * that isn't there brought back my hangover. Thanks Dan

Posted by: trousers | December 21, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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