Clint Kriewaldt

Clint Kriewaldt
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-03-16) March 16, 1976
Place of birth: Shiocton, Wisconsin
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Wisc.–Stevens Point
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Clint Kriewaldt (born March 16, 1976) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Professional career

His first four seasons in the NFL were spent with the Detroit Lions, where he spent most of his time as a backup and on special teams. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2003–2007.

He made the opening tackle in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks. On February 22, 2008 the Steelers released him; Kriewaldt's career was reportedly in jeopardy due to an injury.

In the media

Kriewaldt became a bit of a folk hero in his rookie season among listeners of WDFN in Detroit, despite (or likely due to) his third-string status. The staff recorded a parody of the Christmas standard "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", which went:

"We wish you a merry Kriewaldt, We wish you a merry Kriewaldt, We wish you a merry Kriewaldt..."

followed by Kriewaldt himself singing the line:

"And I hope that I play."


Kriewaldt was an All-State running back at Shiocton (Wisc.) High School earned All-Region and All-Conference honors as running back and linebacker as a prep senior in 1993, he was the 1993 Offensive Player of the Year in Central Wisconsin Conference (large schools), he earned Team MVP and team captain in 1993 as well, he set school rushing records for most career yards (3,357), single-season yards (1,552) and single-game yards (317). Earned his college degree in 2000 offseason. Kriewaldt is married, Jamie, and has twins, son Carter and daughter Kierstin, and another son Collin. He is son of Randy and Jane Kriewaldt. Kriewaldt now is the head coach for Freedom High School football team in Freedom, Wis.

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