Quinn: Romeo Crennel has been a “steady force” in wake of tragedy

Romeo was huge [this past week] — he was kind of that steady rock. In the midst of everything, he obviously witnessed it so he knew he had to put it on himself to not only communicate what happened, but at the same time, lead us because there was going to be so much emotion involved — a lot of guys searching, seeing how they should respond. He was obviously emotional, and rightfully so. After that, he was able to be that steady force on this team.

— Former Cleveland Browns quarterback on head coach Romeo Crennel, Wednesday, via conference call. Crennel had been largely criticized for having lost the locker room in the wake of the 2008 collapse when both men were with the Cleveland Browns. “You have to be willing to climb to get a higher vantage point,” added the quarterback when talking about dealing with adversity throughout his career. Crennel credits his parents’ strength helped him get through last week’s tragedy.

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  • Garry_Owen

    Okay, I know that this is a sensitive subject, steeped with very real and powerful emotions, and that the incident is not one that should invoke any sort of attempt at comedic interpretation, but how can I resist?
    This line is an instant classic: “Romeo was huge.”
    Well, yeah. Wherefore aren’t thou, Romeo?

  • Garry_Owen

    In all seriousness, though, I cannot begin to fathom what it must have been like for Romeo to witness what he did. That’s the sort of thing that isn’t even contemplated on a battlefield, let alone in the parking lot of your workplace – a place that is connected to one of the passions of your life (football). I have always liked Romeo, despite his apparent inability to lead a team. Now I admire him.

  • mgbode

    no doubt. he is an admirable man.