6 Things You Don't Know About Romeo Crennel

How well do you know the Texans coaching staff? We interviewed Houston's assistant coaches this offseason and learned some interesting facts about them that have absolutely nothing to do with football.

Here are six things you probably didn't know about defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel:

  1. Because his father was in the Army, Romeo Crennel moved around a lot growing up. In junior high, he even lived in two Texas towns: Temple and Killeen.
  1. In fact, Crennel originally wanted a career in the military just like his dad. He participated in two years of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) because he wanted to be an officer.

"In ROTC, after the first two years, you have to be invited for the next two years," Crennel said in his interview with Texans TV. "I was not invited for medical reasons. They said flat feet and overweight."

  1. Photography is favorite hobby of his, taking pictures of "anything and everything."

"Anything that catches your eye, whether it's a tree in bloom or I've seen trees that are bare, but the curvature makes them interesting."

  1. Romeo is his legal name thanks to his father, who enjoyed reading Shakespeare and poetry. Crennel, who believes his dad came up with the name when stationed in France, grew up getting asked the age-old question, "Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou?'"
  1. Crennel once worked for a plumbing contractor during a summer job. He decided he didn't want to be a plumber after that.
  1. He also was part of a cleanup crew.

"When I was at Western (Kentucky), I got married early, so I used to sweep out the basketball arena after the games," Crennel said. "I was part of the crew that would clean up after the games."

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