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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.

Mike Croel
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Personal information
Born: (1969-06-06) June 6, 1969 (age 50)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Lincoln-Sudbury (MA)
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
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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.[1]

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.[2] Today, Croel resides in Los Angeles.