Longtime NFL coach Romeo Crennel announced his retirement Monday.
Crennel, 74, spent four seasons as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2005-08). He also served as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 after finishing the previous season as the team's interim head coach, and he coached the Houston Texans for 12 games on an interim basis in 2020. He accumulated a 32-63 record in those stops.
"Football has been my entire life and it's been a dream come true to coach for 50 years," he wrote in his statement. "There are so many friends to thank who have helped me and supported me throughout my career."
Crennel's long NFL coaching career, in which he won five Super Bowls as an assistant, featured a number of stops:
- New York Giants: Special teams and defensive assistant (1981-82), special teams coach (1983-89), defensive line coach (1990-92)
- New England Patriots: Defensive line coach (1993-96), defensive coordinator (2001-04)
- New York Jets: Defensive line coach (1997-99)
- Browns: Defensive coordinator (2000)
- Chiefs: Defensive coordinator (2010-12)
- Texans: Defensive coordinator (2014-16, 2018-19), assistant head coach (2017-20)
Texans chair and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement:
"My family and the entire Houston Texans organization would like to congratulate Romeo Crennel on his historic coaching career. After 50 seasons, Romeo retires as one of the most respected figures in NFL history. His incredible resume and contributions to the game of football will be difficult to duplicate. Romeo poured everything he had into his players and led his teams with hard work, diligence and integrity. He has impacted and influenced so many players, coaches and staff members over the last five decades and we're honored he spent the last eight seasons with us. Our organization is better because of Romeo Crennel in so many ways. He will always be a Texan and we wish him, his wife Rosemary and his family nothing but the best in all that retirement brings."
Before his NFL career, Crennel spent 11 years in the college game as an assistant at Western Kentucky (1970-74), Texas Tech (1975-77), Mississippi State (1978-79) and Georgia Tech (1980).
When Crennel took over as the Texans' interim head coach in 2020 at age 73, he became the oldest head coach in an NFL game.