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Nolan Cromwell
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Title Offensive coordinator
College Texas A&M
Sport Football
Born January 30, 1955 (1955-01-30) (age 54)
Place of birth Smith Center, Kansas
Annual salary $330,000[1]
Career highlights
As a player:
NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
Pro Bowl selection (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
3× First-team All-Pro selection (1980, 1981, 1982)
1× Second-team All-Pro (1983)
NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1980)
UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1980)
Football Digest NFL Defensive Back of the Year (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)
Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award (1981)
Playing career
Kansas (QB)
Los Angeles Rams (S)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Los Angeles Rams (Asst.)
Green Bay Packers (ST)
Green Bay Packers (WR)
Seattle Seahawks (WR)
Texas A&M (OC)

Nolan Neil Cromwell (born January 30, 1955) was an All-Pro safety for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL and is the current offensive coordinator at Texas A&M University. Cromwell played for the Rams from 1977 through 1987 and was named to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive years, 1980 through 1983. He played on the Rams' 1979 Super Bowl XIV team.


Early years

He attended Ransom High School in Ransom, Kansas.[2]

Playing career



Cromwell, nicknamed "The Ransom Rambler", was an All-America quarterback for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. He started at quarterback for two seasons, throwing 92 passes and completing 33 for 606 yards. In 1975, Cromwell rushed 294 and 187 yards in the Oregon State and Wisconsin games, respectively, and finished the season with 1,124 rushing yards. He is one of KU's ten 1,000-yard rushers.[3]


He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams as a defensive back in the second round, pick 32, in 1977 and played his entire 11-year career in Los Angeles. He was named the 1980 NFC Defensive Player of the Year by UPI and by the Kansas Committee of 101, and was named by Football Digest as the NFL Defensive Back of the Year in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983. He was selected to play in four consecutive Pro Bowls, from 1980–1983. At the time of his retirement, he was the Rams' all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards in 37 interceptions. After retirement, he was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame.

Coaching career


After retirement as an active player, Cromwell began his coaching career with the Rams. He served as a defensive and special teams assistant in 1991 before being hired by Mike Holmgren to coach special teams for the Green Bay Packers in 1992. In 1998, he moved from special teams to coach the Packers' wide receivers. After two Super Bowl appearances with Green Bay, in 1996 and 1997, Cromwell followed Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks to coach the wide receivers. In Seattle, Cromwell again made a Super Bowl appearance as a coach during the Seahawks' 2005 season.


On January 5, 2008, Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman named Cromwell to be his offensive coordinator.[4] When asked by media as to why he chose Cromwell, Sherman responded "I’ve always been impressed with him and the job he did in (the NFL). He’s excited about being part of college football."[5]


Nolan and his wife, Mary, have two children, Lance and Jennifer.


  1. ^ Texas A&M football assistants better paid under Sherman | Sports News | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas
  2. ^ "Aggies' McGee: A perfect fit".  
  3. ^ "Cromwell takes run at bettering A&M offense".  
  4. ^ Texas A&M Athletics Cromwell Named Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator
  5. ^ "Big 12 Buzz: Lane adjustment".  
Preceded by
Vince Ferragamo
Rams Most Valuable Player Award
Succeeded by
Vince Ferragamo


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