Romeo Crennel retires after 39 NFL seasons, 50 years of teaching

Published:Mar 8, 202419:51
Romeo Crennel retires after 39 NFL seasons, 50 years of teaching

Romeo Crennel has formally retired after 50 years of teaching soccer, together with practically 40 seasons within the NFL.

The five-time Tremendous Bowl champion started his teaching profession at his alma mater Western Kentucky as a graduate assistant in 1970 earlier than turning into the line of defense coach the next season. After leaving WKU, Crennel frolicked at Texas Tech (1975-77), Ole Miss (1978-79) and Georgia Tech (1980). In 1981, he made the leap to the NFL as a particular groups coach with the New York Giants. 

He labored his means as much as line of defense coach in New York and received two titles earlier than working as an assistant with the New England Patriots (1993-96, 2001-04), the New York Jets (1997-99) and the Cleveland Browns (2000). After profitable three extra Tremendous Bowls as a defensive coordinator for the Pats, the Browns gave Crennel his first head-coaching alternative in 2005. He compiled a 24-40 recuperate over 4 seasons. Crennel subsequent grew to become the DC for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (2010-11) and went 2-14 as their HC in 2012.

The longtime assistant spent the previous eight seasons with the Houston Texans (2014-21), principally serving as their DC but in addition as their interim head coach in 2020 and a senior advisor in 2021. Crennell went 32-63 as a head coach. His NFL profession spanned 39 seasons.

Crennel was awarded with the 2020 Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach from the Professional Soccer Writers of America. 

"My household and all the Houston Texans group wish to congratulate Romeo Crennel on his historic teaching profession," Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair stated in a press release, per ESPN. "After 50 seasons, Romeo retires as one of the revered figures in NFL historical past. His unimaginable resume and contributions to the sport of soccer might be troublesome to duplicate. Our group is healthier due to Romeo Crennel in so some ways. He'll all the time be a Texan, and we want him, his spouse Rosemary and his household nothing however one of the best in all that retirement brings."

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