Romeo Crennel is headed to the hall. The Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, that is.
Crennel, who's currently the Texans Senior Advisor for Football Performance, and has been with the franchise since 2014, is one of six individuals going into the 2021 class. The long-time defensive coordinator played his college ball at Western Kentucky, where he was a four-year starter and a team captain as a senior in 1969. Before that, he was a Fort Knox High School graduate.
When Crennel's playing days were over for the Hilltoppers, he embarked on a coaching career that's spanned six decades, and included five Super Bowl rings as an assistant.
He spent 11 years as an assistant in college, plying his trade at his alma mater, as well as Texas Tech, Mississippi and Georgia Tech. In 1981, Crennel moved to the New York Giants, and has been in the NFL since. He won a pair of Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants as an assistant and three more with the Patriots as their defensive coordinator.
From 2005 through 2008, Crennel was the head coach in Cleveland. He was the Chiefs' head coach in 2012.
Also going into this year's Hall of Fame Class are media and public relations expert John Asher, basketball stars Dwane Casey and Elmore Smith, swimmer Rachel Komisarz Baugh, and college baseball coach Keith Madison.
The newest Hall of Famers and their families will be honored in Louisville, KY on September 7. The KSHOF formed in 1963 and recognizes athletes and sports figures who are Kentucky natives, as well as individuals who participated in their respective sport or made a significant impact in their sport in Kentucky.