Carl Crennel
Born:(1948-09-14)September 14, 1948
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
Died:August 19, 2023(2023-08-19) (aged 74)
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
CollegeWest Virginia
NFL draft1970, Round: 9, Pick: 209
Drafted byPittsburgh Steelers
Career history
As player
1970Pittsburgh Steelers
1971Winnipeg Blue Bombers
19721979Montreal Alouettes
1979Edmonton Eskimos
1980Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1981Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards
CFL East All-Star1973, 1978, 1979

Carl Lee Crennel (September 14, 1948 – August 19, 2023) was an American professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). He played one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, and for several different teams in the CFL, most notably the Montreal Alouettes from 1972 to 1979; he won two Grey Cup championships with the Alouettes, and one with the Edmonton Eskimos. He was selected in the 1970 NFL Draft out of West Virginia, where he captained the Mountaineers to a 10-1 record in 1969 and a victory in the Peach Bowl; he was named MVP in the game.[1][2] In 1998 Crennel was made a member of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.[3]

Crennel was the younger brother of Romeo Crennel, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, and the interim head coach of the Houston Texans during the final 12 games of the 2020 season.[citation needed]

Carl Crennel died on August 19, 2023, at the age of 74.[4]


  1. ^ "Carl Crennel". Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "Carl Crennel". A History of the Integration of Sports at West Virginia University. West Virginia University. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Walker, Greg. "Carl Crennel". WVU Sports Hall of Fame. West Virginia University Sports. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Antonik, John (August 21, 2023). "WVU Sports Hall of Famer Carl Crennel Passes Away". WVU Sports. Retrieved August 21, 2023.