(born March 16
) is an American football linebacker
who is currently a free agent
. He was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions
in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft
. He played college football
at Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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
On February 22, 2008 the Pittsburgh Steelers released him.
Kriewaldt's career is reportedly in jeopardy due to a neck injury.
In the media
Kriewaldt became a bit of a folk hero in his rookie
season among listeners of WDFN
, 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."