After practically 40 seasons teaching within the NFL, Romeo Crennel, 74, proclaims retirement

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HOUSTON — Longtime NFL coach Romeo Crennel introduced his retirement on Monday after 50 years of teaching.Crennel, 74, coached 39 seasons within the NFL, together with as the top coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs. He additionally served because the Houston Texans’ interim head coach in 2020.That season, at 73 Crennel turned the oldest individual in NFL historical past to function a head coach in a recreation, a report beforehand held by former Chicago Bears head coach/proprietor and NFL co-founder George Halas. Crennel completed his profession with a 32-63 report as a head coach.”Soccer has been my total life and it has been a dream come true to educate for 50 years,” Crennel mentioned in an announcement. “…I am going to miss every little thing about teaching and instructing, however the factor I am going to miss probably the most is being across the guys day-after-day. My objective was to place each participant and coach in the perfect place to succeed, and I contemplate each man I coached or labored with part of my household.”Amongst his former gamers, J.J. Watt, who performed seven seasons for Crennel in Houston, took to Twitter to specific excessive reward for the coach.Absolute legend of the sport and even higher man.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 6, 2022 Crennel spent his final eight years within the NFL with the Texans. Throughout the 2021 season, Crennel was Houston’s senior adviser for soccer efficiency.He was one of the embellished assistant coaches in NFL historical past, profitable 5 of the six Tremendous Bowls he appeared in — two with the New York Giants and three with the New England Patriots.In 2020, the Professional Soccer Writers of America awarded Crennel with the 2020 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach.”My household and your complete Houston Texans group want to congratulate Romeo Crennel on his historic teaching profession,” Texans chair and CEO Cal McNair mentioned in an announcement. “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 can be troublesome to duplicate.”Our group is healthier due to Romeo Crennel in so some ways. He’ll at all times be a Texan and we want him, his spouse Rosemary and his household nothing however the perfect in all that retirement brings.”

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