Kreider (center) with a coach while with the Steelers in 2006.
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|Date of birth:||March 11, 1977|
|Place of birth:||Manheim, Pennsylvania|
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|High school:||Manheim (PA) Central|
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Kreider earned state Section II Best Player honors as a senior at Manheim, Pennsylvania's Manheim Central High School. He attended the University of New Hampshire and was an A student and letterman in football. In football, he was a three-year starter at fullback, and as a senior, he posted 92 rushing attempts for 518 yards (5.6 yards per rushing attempt avg.), and 25 receptions for 275 yards (11.00 yards per reception avg.) and a touchdown. He majored in business administration.
Kreider entered the league when the Steelers signed him following the 2000 NFL Draft in which he was not selected. After playing on the team's practice squad, he was signed to the active roster on October 17, 2000, to replace Jon Witman, who had been injured. He remained on the active roster for the remainder of the season and was named the Steelers' Rookie of the Year, playing better than draftees Plaxico Burress and Marvel Smith. Started at FB in Super Bowl XL vs Seattle, threw a key block on QB Ben Roethlisberger's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 7-3 lead.
It was announced on September 7, 2007 there may be some games during the 2007 season that Kreider may not even dress. It was also announced at the same time that he would not be the starting fullback, but rather Carey Davis would assume that role for at least the first game. After tearing his ACL during the Miami Dolphins game, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve on November 29.
St. Louis Rams
On July 22, 2008 Kreider was signed by the St. Louis Rams but later released on November 23, 2008 . Kreider was the Rams' No. 1 fullback and played in all 11 games this season. He had one carry for no yards. Kreider wore number 36 for the Rams, the same number worn by the man Kreider once blocked for in Pittsburgh, Jerome Bettis. Bettis played his first three years with the Rams before being traded to the Steelers. Kreider had previously worn number 35.
Kreider signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals on April 2, 2009. The move reunited him with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who had previously been an assistant coach for the Steelers during Kreider's time in Pittsburgh.