Head coach Romeo Crennel witnessed something horrible and a day later coached a group of men to victory who were grieving over the incident. Their teammate and friend killed his girlfriend before taking his own life, and there’s nothing that can prepare you for something like that.
If not for the even spirit and positivity of Crennel, then things could have been much harder for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Crennel’s personality is—and was—perfect for an unthinkable situation like this, writes Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.
Crennel has had a tough season, and the events of this past weekend will probably stick with him for the rest of his life. The grief and pain are only just beginning, but at least for the next four weeks the team will have Crennel there to lead them, hug them and love them.
Crennel’s contribution over the next four weeks as a human will dwarf any lack of contribution as a coach. Regardless of what happens at the end of the season, Crennel’s contribution will always be remembered. A different man with a different demeanor might have won a different amount of games, but it's not likely that he would have been the quality, soft-spoken leader the team needed during this dark moment.
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