A ferocious college wrestler with Wild West cowboy grit, he went from the tenth round to franchise icon as a relentless sideline-to-sideline 3-4 nose tackle. Far from a mere absorber of double teams, Krumrie frantically led the Bengals in tackles from 1985-88 while going to two Pro Bowls. His devastating broken leg that stunned and sickened the world early in Super Bowl XXIII didn't stop him from never missing a non-strike game in a remarkable 188-game stretch that currently is the most games played by any Bengals lineman on either side of the ball. He played his final 96 straight games post-rehab and at age 32 led the 1992 Bengals in tackles one final time with 97 to go with four sacks and two forced fumbles. His signature game was his break-out game, a 50-24 dismantling of a Cowboys team making its first trip to Cincinnati in 1985. Asked to name the young, underrated nose tackle for the Bengals, all the Cowboys center could offer was "Crummy," and that's all Krumrie and the upstart Bengals needed as he engulfed the game with seven of his 11 tackles coming in a first half the Bengals took a 22-0 lead. Dallas and the rest of the NFL never forgot his name again.
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