Craig Krenzel was born July 1, 1981, in Utica, Michigan and is a former college and professional quarterback. He is the founder of Arthur Lett Insurance Group and occassionally a radio commentator for WBNS 97.1 The FAN in Columbus, which broadcasts the Ohio State Buckeyes football games. After his legendary career on the field in Columbus, Craig is now available for corporate appearances, as a keynote speaker, VIP meet and greets, autograph signings, football camps, celebrity golf tournaments and product endorsements. Hire Craig to meet and mingle with your best customers, clients and employees.
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. His most successful years were 2002, when he led Ohio State to the national championship, and 2003. He was known for his clutch play, smart decision making, and accuracy. 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. Named 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. 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.
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 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. Craig has yet to play again in the NFL, though he has stated that he hopes for one more shot at football. He also shares the distinction of being a two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP with fellow Ohio State Buckeye A. J. Hawk.
After the NFL
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"
Craig is also a company spokesman for John Deere Power Equipment and has acted in several commercial spots.
After his legendary days on the field in Columbus, Craig is now available for corporate appearances, motivational speaking engagements, VIP meet and greets, autograph signings, football camps, celebrity golf tournaments and product endorsements. Hire Lloyd to meet and mingle with your best customers, clients and employees.