Any male in modern times at some point has to take on the old man. A rite of passage some may say; be it arm wrestling, slapfighting or sometimes even real punches. One guy who you should be happy isn’t your dad, but is the Chiefs Defensive Line coach, former Bengal All-Pro Tim Krumrie.
Krumrie is entering his 26th year in the NFL as a player and coach. Even at 47, he runs 3 miles a day, does a “toned-down” 800 sit-ups and 45 minutes of floor exercises…and that’s not counting beating down NFL prospects less than half his age to the point of exhaustion in practice. He’s a two-time Pro-Bowler and NFL Pro Day “closer”, the guy brought in to see what the players are really made of. A coach the Chiefs are lucky to have. Without a Krumrie sack of Don Majkowski in 1992, you may never have heard from a guy named Brett Farve. (Hat tip to The Capital Times Madison, WI)
Krumrie also is notorious for suffering one of the worst injuries in NFL history and it happened to be in SuperBowl XXIII against the 49ers. While tackling Roger Craig, Krumrie’s leg was hideously shattered in three places, he had to have a 15-inch steel rod put in his leg, but managed to return for training camp the next season. The video of him breaking the leg was so graphic YouTube took it down. There is a new series called “The Missing Rings” that NFL Films is producing that will re-hash the incident.
You might remember during USC’s pro day a short time ago, USC coach Pete Carroll got his panties in a bunch when the 47 year-old Krumrie worked over 22 year-old Sedrick Ellis and others. Carroll got angry when NFL coaches put Ellis, Lawrence Jackson and others through a “hand-fighting” drill with Krumrie. The players had to knock away Krumrie’s arms until they almost fell from exhaustion.
“I’m still light-headed,” Ellis said.
“The drill in question involved Krumrie heavily laying his hands on the shoulders of the defensive linemen. They are to slap his hands off. It went on for several minutes for each of the players. Ellis went first, then Jackson, then [Alex] Morrow. Ellis was the toughest of the bunch, with Jackson ultimately wearing down and lying exhausted on the ground. It was then that Carroll began fuming.
“That won’t happen again here,” Carroll said.
(with just a little bit of bitch in his voice -Damage)
So let me get this straight… paying your players is OK, but letting a 47 year-old guy with a 15-inch-steel-rod-in-his-leg-that makes-airport-travel-a-blast working your sissy players over is unacceptable? I have news for you Petey Pablo…those aren’t your players anymore!!! They are about to be someone’s property in the NFL and teams need the toughest old dog they can find to see where the breaking point is for some of these future multi-millionaires.
“I want to see if he quits. I want to see what’s in his gut when he’s fatigued. Does he stop? Does he turn and cuss at you? Or will he compete no matter what?” Krumrie said as he tore the L.A phone book in half.
So all hail Tim Krumrie! King of old-man strength! (OMS) He’s had the Pro-Bowls, the playoff wins, the 10+ year career, crazy coaching stories and the gnarly injury for the world to see. The only thing missing from his career is a ring, and I hope to God he gets it or he is going to kick all of our asses!