Romeo Crennel retires: Longtime coach says goodbye after five Super Bowl titles, 39 seasons in the NFL

Longtime NFL assistant and head coach Romeo Crennel announced Monday that he is retiring. The 74-year-old has been with the Houston Texans since 2014 and has served as defensive coordinator, assistant head coach, interim head coach and senior advisor for football performance.

Crennel has dedicated half a century to coaching the game of football in the collegiate ranks and professionals, and said in a statement on the Texans’ official website that he looks forward to spending more time with his family.

“Football has been my whole life and coaching for 50 years is a dream come true,” Crennel said in a statement. “There are so many friends I have to thank who have helped and supported me throughout my career. I want to especially thank the fans and owners of the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans for allowing me to contribute to the game I have loved so much for so long. I will miss everything about coaching and teaching but most of all I will miss being with the guys every day. My goal has been to put every player and coach in the best position to succeed and I consider every man I’ve coached or worked with as part of my family. I would also like to thank my wife Rosemary and my three daughters Lisa, Tiffany and Kristine for all their support over the years. Because of their love and selflessness, I was able to achieve my dream. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to spend more time with my grandchildren while staying close to the game of football.”

Crennel started out in the NFL with the Giants in 1981 and later worked for five other organizations. According to the Texans’ website, Crennel has been part of 17 playoff appearances, 13 division titles, six conference titles and has been on the winning side of five of the six Super Bowls in which he coached.

While a legendary assistant, Crennel also spent many years as a leading man. He was the head coach in 95 NFL games with the Browns, Chiefs and Texans, finishing with a 32-63 record. His best season as a head coach came in 2007 with Cleveland when the Browns went 10-6. Crennel went 4-8 during his stint as Houston’s interim head coach in 2020, becoming the oldest person in NFL history to serve as head coach at age 73.

“My family and the entire Houston Texans organization would like to congratulate Romeo Crennel on his historic coaching career,” Texans CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “After 50 seasons, Romeo is retiring as one of the most respected figures in NFL history. His incredible CV and contributions to the football game will be difficult to duplicate. Romeo put everything he had in his players and led his teams with hard work. diligence and integrity. He has influenced and impacted so many players, coaches and staff over the past five decades and we are honored that he has spent the last eight seasons with us. Our organization is better in many ways thanks to Romeo Crennel. He will always be a Texan and we wish him, his wife Rosemary and his family all the best in their retirement.”

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