Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel has two missions planned for his team on Sunday, defeat the 4-5 Cincinnati Bengals and honor the service men and women who valiantly serve or have served in the United Sates Armed Forces. Crennel proved his passion for the military by leading Thursday morning’s press conference with an announcement and recommendation.
“This weekend is a special weekend at Arrowhead, particularly as far as the military is concerned. I think the Chiefs have been very strong in support of the military and military families. I think we all need to let the military know that we appreciate what the men and women in the military do for this country in keeping us free.”
Crennel is obviously focused on preparing his team to end its current six-game losing streak, but when you understand where the head coach comes from, you can’t help but appreciate his personal, vested interest in the armed forces.
“I particularly know and understand the sacrifices they make because my Dad (Joseph Crennel, Jr. – Master Sergeant) was a career Army guy – 26 years – so I’ve dealt with it and seen it and definitely appreciate what the military does.”
It’s no surprise that life as an NFL head coach has its rewards and challenges, not unlike being part of a military family, which often times includes frequent moves.
“You’re being stationed somewhere, and sometimes you get set and you think you’re going to be here for three years. Then after a year he (Crennel’s father) gets assigned overseas, and he has to pack up and leave you. Then your family, they have to kind of make it on their own, so to speak. The mom, she becomes both mom and dad in that situation. I think what kind of support group she has is helpful, and in my case, when dad left, we went home. We were around her sisters, her brothers, so we had a support group; she had a support group that was beneficial to her. But there are many military wives who are in places that they don’t have that kind of support, so they have to rely on their friendships and the kids have to make new friends and get adjusted and acclimated to new situations, which is not always easy for young kids who are trying to find themselves and figure out who they are.”
Being raised in a military family prepared Crennel to be a stronger man and NFL coach.
“I think it made me better because I had to adapt to different situations and different people and deal with different people. It made me a little bit more well-rounded.”
The current situation at hand for Crennel includes offering thanks to the military and all Chiefs fans with a win.
“Cincinnati, they’re coming off a big win, so they’ll be feeling good when they get to town, and we will have to be on top of our game in all phases to win the game. We’re looking forward to it, and we’re going to play hard and get a victory.”