The late Bill Arnsparger and Houston Texans associate head coach Romeo Crennel have been awarded the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award by the Professional Football Writers of America.
Arnsparger was the architect of the Miami Dolphins “No-Name Defense” and “Killer B’s” defenses, and helped three different franchises reach the Super Bowl. Crennel is in his 38th NFL campaign as a coach, and has been part of five Super Bowl champion teams.
They are the 15th and 16th recipients of the Dr. Z Award, initiated by the PFWA in 2014 to recognize the lifetime achievements of assistant coaches.
Arnsparger led in six Super Bowls with the Baltimore Colts, Miami, and San Diego Chargers, and won it twice with the Dolphins. Crennel led in two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and four with the New England Patriots, winning five championships.
Other nominees included veteran Pittsburgh Steelers running coach Dick Hoak; current Las Vegas Raiders defensive line coach Rod Marinelli; the late defensive line coach Bobb McKittrick; the late defensive coordinator, Floyd Peters; the late defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan; and current San Francisco 49ers running coach, Bobby Turner.