Veteran NFL coach Romeo Crennel announced he’s retiring on Monday, bringing an end to a coaching career spanning nearly 50 years. Thirty-nine of those years were spent coaching NFL teams, which includes Crennel’s tenures as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. Other teams that Crennel coached in different capacities include the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, and the Houston Texans.
Crennel’s latest coaching job came in 2020 when he served as the Texans’ interim coach. This position saw Crennel become the oldest person in history to serve as a head coach in the NFL at 73 years of age.
“Football has been my entire life and it’s been a dream come true to coach for 50 years. I’ll miss everything about coaching and teaching, but the thing I’ll miss the most is being around the guys every day. My goal was to put every player and coach in the best position to succeed, and I consider every guy I coached or worked with a part of my family,” Crennel stated following his retirement announcement.
In addition to his head coaching career, Crennel enjoyed a prosperous run as an assistant coach, winning five Super Bowls in this capacity. Crennel was awarded the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement in 2020.