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|Born:||June 6, 1969|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||241 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Lincoln-Sudbury (MA)|
|NFL Draft:||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Michael Croel (born June 6, 1969) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League and the XFL.
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A linebacker is a playing position in American football and Canadian football. Linebackers are members of the defensive team, and line up approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen, and therefore "back up the line". Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a "two-point stance".
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In a seven-year NFL career, he played for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Los Angeles Xtreme of the XFL. Croel attended Los Altos High School (Los Altos, California) and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, he played college football at the University of Nebraska. In 2003, he was inducted in their Football Hall of fame.
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Croel was selected by the Broncos in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1991, he was chosen as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and the UPI AFL-AFC Rookie of the Year award. In that same rookie year, Croel recorded ten sacks, his single-season high. In 101 career games, Croel scored one touchdown, recorded 24.0 sacks, two interceptions and 38 yards.Today, Croel resides in Los Angeles.
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