After nearly 40 seasons coaching in the NFL, Romeo Crennel, 74, announces retirement

HOUSTON – Longtime NFL coach Romeo Crennel announced his retirement on Monday after 50 years of coaching.

Crennel, 74, coached 39 seasons in the NFL, including as head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. He also served as the Houston Texans’ interim head coach in 2020.

That season, at 73 Crennel became the oldest man to serve as a head coach in NFL history, a record held by former Chicago Bears head coach / owner and NFL co-founder George Halas. Crennel finished his career with a 32-63 record as a head coach.

“Football has been my whole life and it’s been a dream come true to coach for 50 years,” Crennel said in a statement. “… I miss everything about coaching and teaching, but the thing I miss most is being around the guys every day. My goal was to put every player and coach into the best position to succeed, and I consider Every guy I’ve coached or worked with is part of my family. “

Among his former players, JJ Watt, who played seven seasons for the Crennel in Houston, took to Twitter to express high praise for the coach.

Crennel spent the last eight years with the Texans in the NFL. During the 2021 season, Crennel was Houston’s senior adviser for football performance.

He was one of the most decorated assistant coaches in NFL history, winning five of the six Super Bowls he appeared in – two with the New York Giants and three with the New England Patriots.

In 2020, the Pro Football Writers of America awarded Crennel with the 2020 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach.

“My family and the entire Houston Texans organization would like to congratulate Romeo Crennel on his historic coaching career,” Texans chair and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “After 50 seasons, Romeo retires as one of the most respected figures in NFL history. His incredible resume and contributions to the game’s football will be difficult to duplicate.

“Our organization is better because of so many ways in the Romeo Crennel. He will always be a Texan and we wish him, his wife Rosemary and his family nothing but the best that all retirement brings.”

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