Hard-nosed, tough Yale defensive lineman Carl Kreitzberg takes up…knitting?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–When Yale senior Carl Kreitzberg made his way from Oregon to New Haven four years ago, he was ready to make a name for himself on the offensive line.

“I always prided myself on being a great offensive lineman and being able to terrorize defensive linemen,” Kreitzberg said.

But head coach Tony Reno had other ideas.

“I looked at him and said, ‘You’re gonna play defensive line, and he said, ‘Alright,'” Reno recalled. “And then I said, you gotta be 280 [pounds], and he kind of looked at me funny and said, ‘OK.'”

“He came back at 270, and then 280,” Reno said.

“One thing you learn very quickly with football coaches is that it’s always yes sir and very rarely no sir,” Kreitzberg said.

B262D026D58B4E08B2F2D5D6B7480C4AAfter learning his new position and getting used to the academic load, Kreitzberg needed to find another challenge.

“I sincerely meant it when I said that I was sitting around my dorm room and said, ‘I’m gonna try knitting,'” he said.

“I walked out of my room and went to the local knitting store, bought some alpaca yarn, which is top-notch stuff, and immediately set to teaching myself how to K stitch, pearl stitch, all the stuff necessary to create the best simple scarf that I could for my girlfriend.”

(Editor’s Note: Wow. What a quote).

How long did it take Kreitzberg to make that scarf?

“The project which should have taken about two hours, took me about 16 hours to complete,” he said.

“To find out today that he knits as well just really puts the top on a true renaissance man that I thought he was,” coach Reno said. “It’s confirmed now, he is a renaissance man.”

“It’s also just a lot of fun to tell people that you’re a 290-pound defensive tackle that enjoys knitting,” Kreitzberg said.

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