Monday, May 28, 2018
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

Ohio State


Ohio State QB Krenzel: 'It was meant to be'


Ohio State quarterback Craig Krenzel is carried across the field by teammates and fans after the Buckeyes beat Michigan, 14-9, in this Nov . 23, 2002 file photo, in Columbus.




Be­fore he helped save Ohio State’s cham­pi­on­ship sea­son, Craig Kren­zel wanted to save the world.

At OSU, the quar­ter­back con­ducted can­cer re­search, bal­anced the ti­tle run with a grad­u­ate-level course load of Mo­lec­u­lar Ge­net­ics 608, Mo­lec­u­lar Ge­net­ics 701, and Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, and grad­u­ated with a 3.75 GPA.

If the fall of 2002 taught him any­thing, it is that plans are best not writ­ten in ink.

To­day, Kren­zel, 31, is a part­ner at the Arthur Kren­zel Lett In­sur­ance Group in Dub­lin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and three chil­dren.

When he was re­leased by the Cin­cin­nati Ben­gals in 2006 af­ter blow­ing out his el­bow, Kren­zel still had de­signs on be­com­ing a doc­tor be­fore paus­ing to re­con­sider. He had watched his older brother, Brian, an or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon, grind through med­i­cal school and, as a new father, de­cided the life was not for him.

“I had the for­tune or mis­for­tune of see­ing him go­ing through that,” said Kren­zel, who went 24-3 as a starter at OSU and was drafted by the Chi­cago Bears in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft. “I wasn’t re­ally that ex­cited about go­ing to school for four years, and then a four-year res­i­dency, and a one-year fel­low­ship. … There’s a lot of ways in this world to make a liv­ing.”

So he be­came a real es­tate in­ves­tor, then switched over to the in­sur­ance busi­ness just be­fore the mar­ket crashed.

“I didn’t see any­thing com­ing,” Kren­zel said of the re­ces­sion. “It was just for­tu­itous that I didn’t en­joy what I was do­ing.”

It was the big­gest au­di­ble in a ca­reer of them.

Kren­zel was the mae­stro of the Buck­eyes’ cham­pi­on­ship sea­son, though pi­geon­hol­ing him as the gritty man­ager of the tal­ent around him be­lies his place in school his­tory.

Un­can­nily com­posed when the spot­light glowed bright­est, his fourth-and-1 game-win­ning heave to Mi­chael Jen­kins at Pur­due was just one among an as­sem­bly line of clutch plays.

In 2002, like with his life to­day, ev­ery­thing just seemed to fall into place.

“When I look at it, there’s def­i­nitely that aura that it was meant to be,” Kren­zel said.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2018 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…