Clint Kriewaldt
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Personal information
Born: (1976-03-16) March 16, 1976 (age 47)
Shiocton, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Shiocton (WI)
College:Wisconsin–Stevens Point
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 177
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass deflections:2
Forced fumbles:2
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.[1] 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."

Personal life

Kriewaldt was an All-State running back at Shiocton High School, earned All-Region and All-Conference honors as running back and linebacker as a prep senior in 1993, was the 1993 Offensive Player of the Year in Central Wisconsin Conference (large schools), earned Team MVP and team captain in 1993, and set school rushing records for most career yards (3,357), single-season yards (1,552) and single-game yards (317). He earned his college degree in 2000 offseason. Kriewaldt is married. He served as the head coach for Freedom High School football team in Freedom, Wisconsin where he lives from 2012 to 2016, He served as an assistant in the program from 2016-2020 and recently became the head coach again in 2021.[2]

Kriewaldt ran for Outagamie County sheriff in the Primary election on August 14, 2018. His win was a landslide compared to the opposition. His opponents included Co-worker Deputy John Brylski, former Marine, and Alex Bebris.


  1. ^ "1999 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-29.
  2. ^ Clint Kriewaldt, deputy and former NFL player, to run for Outagamie County Sheriff Retrieved 2018-10-12.