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Paul Kruger
LB #99
Height:
6-4
Weight:
270
Age:
29
College:
Utah
Hometown:
Rexburg, Idaho
Experience:
7

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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 169 109 60 31.0 0 22 2 26 -- 26 0 7 4
2014 CLE 16 15 53 36 17 11.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
2013 CLE 16 16 47 26 21 4.5 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 2 --
2012 BAL 15 6 42 30 12 9.0 -- 6 1 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2011 BAL 16 0 15 12 3 5.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2010 BAL 11 0 1 1 0 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2009 BAL 9 1 11 4 7 0.0 -- 3 1 26 26 26 0 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @PIT L 27-30 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 NO W 26-24 3 1 2 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 BAL L 21-23 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @TEN W 29-28 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 PIT W 31-10 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @JAC L 6-24 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 OAK W 23-13 5 4 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
9 TB W 22-17 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @CIN W 24-3 2 1 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 HOU L 7-23 5 1 4 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @ATL W 26-24 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
13 @BUF L 10-26 5 4 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 IND L 24-25 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
15 CIN L 0-30 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 @CAR L 13-17 7 3 4 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @BAL L 10-20 5 3 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --

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Biography

Career Transactions: Selected by Baltimore Ravens in second round (57th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 25, 2009…Signed first contract, July 27, 2009…Signed by Cleveland Browns as unrestricted free agent, March 12, 2013.

At a Glance:

Was in a car accident at the age of 13 which resulted in him losing a kidney and his spleen. He was riding in a Jeep with his uncle and siblings when the truck flipped on a steep incline throwing everyone from the vehicle. The Jeep rolled over Paul’s stomach which left him on life support for two days and in critical condition for five.

While at college in 2008, he was involved in an altercation where suspected gang members outnumbered him, his brother Dave and friends. Paul tried to play the role of peacemaker but ended up getting stabbed twice, which resulted in a nicked artery and collapsed a lung. The incident left a six-plus inch scar which stretches across his ribs and a seven-plus inch scar from his sternum to below his belly button. His brother was hit with brass knuckles which broke his nose and shattered his cheekbone.

His personal tragedies led him to create The Kruger Care Foundation in 2010, which assists individuals and organizations in enriching the lives of children and families who have been devastated by illness, injury and difficult challenges.

Served a two-year Latter Day Saints church mission from 2005-06 in the Kansas City area (the Missouri Independence Mission).

Led the Ravens with 4.5 sacks during the 2012 postseason, including two during the team’s Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco.

Career Highlights:

Signed with the Browns as one of the top unrestricted free agents in 2013 after four seasons with the Ravens…Registered a game-high two sacks during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco (2/3/13), tied for the third-most in Super Bowl history…Tied a Ravens franchise record with at least one sack in five consecutive games (totaling 6.5 sacks from games 9-13 in 2012)…Led the Ravens with nine sacks in 2012.

Seasonal Reviews:

2013: Started all 16 games at OLB…Recorded 69 tackles (37 solo), 4.5 sacks, 24 quarterback harassments, 11 tackles for loss, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles…Finished second on team in both tackles for loss and quarterback harassments…Set a career-high in tackles and forced fumbles…(9/8) vs. Mia.: Recorded first sack as a Brown after dropping Ryan Tannehill for a 1-yard loss during the season opener…(10/20) at G.B.: Recorded 0.5 sack (Chris Owens) of QB Aaron Rodgers…(10/27) at K.C.:  Sacked Alex Smith on third down to force field goal…(12/8) at N.E.: Tied career high with two sacks, his fourth career multiple-sack game.

2012: Set a career high with nine sacks, while adding 42 tackles, six passes defensed and a forced fumble…Also notched 11 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery on the year…Sack total led the team…Tied a Ravens franchise record with at least one sack in five consecutive games (totaling 6.5 sacks from games 9 – 13)…His 7.5 sacks during the final eight weeks of the season tied for fifth in the NFL over that stretch…(11/11) at Oak.: Tied a career-high with two sacks, while also recording an interception…Led the club with 4.5 sacks in postseason play to go along with 14 stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed…(1/6) vs. Ind.: Recorded 2.5 sacks, three tackles and one forced fumble during the AFC Wild Card Game…(2/3/13) vs. S.F.: Registered three tackles, including a game-high two sacks, during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory…His two sacks tied for the third-most in a single-game in Super Bowl history.

2011: Registered 15 tackles, two fumble recoveries and finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks while appearing in all 16 regular season games for the first time career…Helped Baltimore’s defense finish second in the NFL against the run (92.6 ypg) and first in red-zone defense…Registered three tackles and one sack during two postseason contests as the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game.

2010: Appeared in 11 regular season games and recorded one tackle and one sack…(11/21) at Car.: Registered first career sack after dropping Brian St. Pierre for a 9-yard loss…Registered one tackle and half a sack during two postseason contests.

2009: Saw action in nine games with one start, while totaling 12 tackles and one interception…Helped the Ravens defense finish third in the NFL in total defense… Recorded first career interception after hauling in a Dennis Dixon pass in overtime, which he returned 26 yards to set up the game winning field goal against Pittsburgh (11/29).

College: Two-year letterman as a defensive lineman at the University of Utah (2007-08)…Decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft…Finished collegiate career with 124 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions…As a redshirt sophomore, posted 61 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery en route to earning an All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Also named All-American honorable mention by both Sports Illustrated and College Football News…Helped the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008, including a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl…As a redshirt freshman, totaled 63 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception…Recruited as a quarterback and spent his freshman season (2004) playing quarterback on the scout team…Served a Latter Day Saints church mission from 2005-06… Majored in sociology.

Personal: Given name is Paul Christian Kruger Jr…Born in Rexburg, Idaho…Father, Paul, played football at Oregon State where his mother, Jennifer, was a member of the Beavers’ track and field team…Brother, Dave, signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent and participated in Browns training camp in 2013…Brother, Joe, was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2013 draft…Was in a car accident and lost a kidney and spleen when a Jeep rolled over his stomach when 13 years old, which left him on life support for two days and in critical condition for five…Involved in an altercation in 2008 while at college where suspected gang members outnumbered him, his brother Dave and friends, where Paul was stabbed twice which nicked an artery and collapsed a lung…The incident left a six-plus inch scar which stretches across his ribs and a seven-plus inch scar from his sternum to below his belly button…High School: Attended Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah…Lettered four years as a quarterback…Earned All-America and All-Conference honors from several publications…Community Involvement: Founded The Kruger Care Foundation in 2010, which assists individuals and organizations in enriching the lives of children and families who have been devastated by illness, injury and difficult challenges…Hosted a “Night Out With The Stars” where he and teammates served as celebrity bartenders at Barley House in Cleveland to raise money for his foundation…Also hosts an annual “Kruger Care Golf Classic” in Lehi, Utah…Holds an annual “Leadership Academy Day”, a free youth football camp at his high school in Orem…Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys skiing, snowboarding and boating… Resides in Orem, Utah.

Career Transactions: Selected by Baltimore Ravens in second round (57th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 25, 2009…Signed first contract, July 27, 2009…Signed by Cleveland Browns as unrestricted free agent, March 12, 2013.

At a Glance:

Was in a car accident at the age of 13 which resulted in him losing a kidney and his spleen. He was riding in a Jeep with his uncle and siblings when the truck flipped on a steep incline throwing everyone from the vehicle. The Jeep rolled over Paul’s stomach which left him on life support for two days and in critical condition for five.

While at college in 2008, he was involved in an altercation where suspected gang members outnumbered him, his brother Dave and friends. Paul tried to play the role of peacemaker but ended up getting stabbed twice, which resulted in a nicked artery and collapsed a lung. The incident left a six-plus inch scar which stretches across his ribs and a seven-plus inch scar from his sternum to below his belly button. His brother was hit with brass knuckles which broke his nose and shattered his cheekbone.

His personal tragedies led him to create The Kruger Care Foundation in 2010, which assists individuals and organizations in enriching the lives of children and families who have been devastated by illness, injury and difficult challenges.

Served a two-year Latter Day Saints church mission from 2005-06 in the Kansas City area (the Missouri Independence Mission).

Led the Ravens with 4.5 sacks during the 2012 postseason, including two during the team’s Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco.

Career Highlights:

Signed with the Browns as one of the top unrestricted free agents in 2013 after four seasons with the Ravens…Registered a game-high two sacks during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory over San Francisco (2/3/13), tied for the third-most in Super Bowl history…Tied a Ravens franchise record with at least one sack in five consecutive games (totaling 6.5 sacks from games 9-13 in 2012)…Led the Ravens with nine sacks in 2012.

Seasonal Reviews:

2013: Started all 16 games at OLB…Recorded 69 tackles (37 solo), 4.5 sacks, 24 quarterback harassments, 11 tackles for loss, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles…Finished second on team in both tackles for loss and quarterback harassments…Set a career-high in tackles and forced fumbles…(9/8) vs. Mia.: Recorded first sack as a Brown after dropping Ryan Tannehill for a 1-yard loss during the season opener…(10/20) at G.B.: Recorded 0.5 sack (Chris Owens) of QB Aaron Rodgers…(10/27) at K.C.:  Sacked Alex Smith on third down to force field goal…(12/8) at N.E.: Tied career high with two sacks, his fourth career multiple-sack game.

2012: Set a career high with nine sacks, while adding 42 tackles, six passes defensed and a forced fumble…Also notched 11 tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery on the year…Sack total led the team…Tied a Ravens franchise record with at least one sack in five consecutive games (totaling 6.5 sacks from games 9 – 13)…His 7.5 sacks during the final eight weeks of the season tied for fifth in the NFL over that stretch…(11/11) at Oak.: Tied a career-high with two sacks, while also recording an interception…Led the club with 4.5 sacks in postseason play to go along with 14 stops, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed…(1/6) vs. Ind.: Recorded 2.5 sacks, three tackles and one forced fumble during the AFC Wild Card Game…(2/3/13) vs. S.F.: Registered three tackles, including a game-high two sacks, during the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory…His two sacks tied for the third-most in a single-game in Super Bowl history.

2011: Registered 15 tackles, two fumble recoveries and finished third on the team with 5.5 sacks while appearing in all 16 regular season games for the first time career…Helped Baltimore’s defense finish second in the NFL against the run (92.6 ypg) and first in red-zone defense…Registered three tackles and one sack during two postseason contests as the Ravens advanced to the AFC Championship game.

2010: Appeared in 11 regular season games and recorded one tackle and one sack…(11/21) at Car.: Registered first career sack after dropping Brian St. Pierre for a 9-yard loss…Registered one tackle and half a sack during two postseason contests.

2009: Saw action in nine games with one start, while totaling 12 tackles and one interception…Helped the Ravens defense finish third in the NFL in total defense… Recorded first career interception after hauling in a Dennis Dixon pass in overtime, which he returned 26 yards to set up the game winning field goal against Pittsburgh (11/29).

College: Two-year letterman as a defensive lineman at the University of Utah (2007-08)…Decided to forego his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft…Finished collegiate career with 124 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions…As a redshirt sophomore, posted 61 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery en route to earning an All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection…Also named All-American honorable mention by both Sports Illustrated and College Football News…Helped the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008, including a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl…As a redshirt freshman, totaled 63 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception…Recruited as a quarterback and spent his freshman season (2004) playing quarterback on the scout team…Served a Latter Day Saints church mission from 2005-06… Majored in sociology.

Personal: Given name is Paul Christian Kruger Jr…Born in Rexburg, Idaho…Father, Paul, played football at Oregon State where his mother, Jennifer, was a member of the Beavers’ track and field team…Brother, Dave, signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent and participated in Browns training camp in 2013…Brother, Joe, was selected by Philadelphia in the seventh round of the 2013 draft…Was in a car accident and lost a kidney and spleen when a Jeep rolled over his stomach when 13 years old, which left him on life support for two days and in critical condition for five…Involved in an altercation in 2008 while at college where suspected gang members outnumbered him, his brother Dave and friends, where Paul was stabbed twice which nicked an artery and collapsed a lung…The incident left a six-plus inch scar which stretches across his ribs and a seven-plus inch scar from his sternum to below his belly button…High School: Attended Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah…Lettered four years as a quarterback…Earned All-America and All-Conference honors from several publications…Community Involvement: Founded The Kruger Care Foundation in 2010, which assists individuals and organizations in enriching the lives of children and families who have been devastated by illness, injury and difficult challenges…Hosted a “Night Out With The Stars” where he and teammates served as celebrity bartenders at Barley House in Cleveland to raise money for his foundation…Also hosts an annual “Kruger Care Golf Classic” in Lehi, Utah…Holds an annual “Leadership Academy Day”, a free youth football camp at his high school in Orem…Hobbies/Interests: Enjoys skiing, snowboarding and boating… Resides in Orem, Utah.