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Kruger brothers hope to reunite in NFL

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Former Utah defensive linemen Joe and Dave Kruger are expected to get drafted this weekend, joining their older brother Paul in the NFL.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - While most of the local attention will be on BYU's Ziggy Ansah and Utah's Star Lotulelei this weekend at the NFL Draft, three Utah brothers are expected to make some history.

Paul Kruger is already an established star in the NFL. He just won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, and parlayed his success into a 5-year, $40-million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

But when the draft is over, Paul won't be the only Kruger in the NFL. His younger brothers Joe and Dave are both expected to be drafted. If that happens, it would be just the second time in the last 21 years that three brothers were on NFL rosters at the same time.

"I'm excited," Paul said. "It's something these guys are looking forward to. It's been a long ride and a lot of hard work and dedication. To see them accomplish their goals is great. We just feel humbled."

"All three of us in the NFL is really exciting," said Dave, who is expected to be selected in the later rounds, or sign an undrafted free agent deal. "[Joe and I] are in the same boat, so it's we're excited. The whole family is going to be around, and we can't wait for draft day."

Joe left Utah after his junior season to enter the draft. According to most mock drafts, he is expected to be selected somewhere between the 4th and 6th rounds. He's thankful Paul made a name for the Kruger family in the NFL, but he knows he can't rely on just that.

"He has his own name," Joe said. "Me and Dave have to build our own name. Paul helped us out with his success, but me and Dave have to do our own thing and try and be successful just like him."

The three Kruger brothers never got a chance to play together at Utah, so Paul is hopeful the Browns will draft at least one of his younger brothers.

"I wish I could make it happen, but it doesn't work like that," he said. "You're not telling them the rules, they're pretty much telling you what's going to happen. I'd do anything to have one of them there, but we'll see what happens. There's a 1 in 32 chance, so I guess there's a possibility."

But if the Krugers do end up playing against each other in the NFL, since they are all defensive lineman, maybe they can switch over to the offensive line to spark up a little sibling rivalry?

"Just for one game, it would be great to switch over," Dave said with a smile. "We'll go head-to-head. That would be awesome."

Just for all three Krugers to be in the NFL would be awesome enough.
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