Craig Krenzel

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Craig Krenzel
No. 6, 16
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-07-01) July 1, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Utica, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Henry Ford II High School
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 148
Debuted in 2004 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2004 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
*Inactive and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2005
Pass attempts 127
Pass completions 59
Percentage 46.5
TD-INT 3-6
Passing yards 718
QB Rating 52.5
Stats at NFL.com

Craig Krenzel (born July 1, 1981) is a former college and professional American football quarterback. He is currently a radio commentator for WBNS 97.1 The FAN in Columbus, which broadcasts the Ohio State Buckeyes football games.

High school career[edit]

Krenzel attended Henry Ford II High School (Sterling Heights, Mich.), and was an excellent student and a letterman in football (3 yrs), basketball (2 yrs), and baseball (1 yr). In football, as a senior, Krenzel completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 1,760 yards and 25 touchdowns, and won USA Today honorable mention All-America accolades that year.

College career[edit]

Krenzel played in college for The Ohio State Buckeyes. After quarterback Steve Bellisari was suspended from play due to an alcohol-related police charge late in the 2001 season, Krenzel earned the starting position against Michigan and led the Buckeyes to their first win in Ann Arbor since 1987.[1] His most successful year was 2002, when he led Ohio State to the national championship. Krenzel's overall record with Ohio State is 24-3 as a starter.

Krenzel graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in molecular genetics and a GPA of 3.75. He did research as part of a selective oncology laboratory at the Ohio State University Medical Center.[1] Krenzel was named a First-Team Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the Year, and received three Academic All-Big Ten awards, the Today's Top VIII Award, a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame post-graduate scholarship, Sporting News' Socrates Award, and the Draddy Trophy.[2]

Krenzel's brother Brian was also talented in both academics and athletics, playing for the Duke Blue Devils football team before graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Krenzel was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, for whom he played the 2004 season. Despite poor passing statistics, Krenzel won his first three starts at quarterback with the Bears, including a win over the San Francisco 49ers, which was at the time starting Ken Dorsey at quarterback, the same quarterback that started for the Miami Hurricanes during the 2003 National Championship game. However, he lost his final two starts with the Bears and injured his ankle, ending his season. In 2005, he was cut by the Bears in the offseason and he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the third string quarterback on the team behind Carson Palmer and Jon Kitna. He was released in May 2006 due to an elbow injury that he sustained that eventually required Tommy John surgery. He has yet to play again in the NFL, though he has stated that he hopes for one more shot at football.[citation needed] He also shares the distinction of being a two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP with fellow Ohio State Buckeye A. J. Hawk.

After the NFL[edit]

Krenzel now works as a commentator on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio. Craig is known for his bit known as the "Mike Tomczak Story".

He is also a spokesman for JD Equipment and has acted in several commercial spots.

Krenzel now is a partner of the Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group in Columbus, Ohio and Winfield, West Virginia. Craig Lett, his partner, is the son of the Major League pitcher Jim Lett of the Cincinnati Reds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Layden, Tim (2003-08-11). "A Beautiful Mind". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Craig Krenzel". National Football Foundation. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Steve Bellisari
Ohio State Buckeyes
starting quarterbacks
2002-2003
Succeeded by
Justin Zwick
Preceded by
Brandon Roberts
Draddy Trophy winners
2003
Succeeded by
Michael Muñoz
Preceded by
Jonathan Wells
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

2002 (with Chris Gamble)
Succeeded by
Michael Jenkins