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Michael Nattiel

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Name  Michael Nattiel
Positions  Linebacker
College:  Florida
Education  University of Florida
High school:  Newberry (FL)
Weight  103 kg
Height:  6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Role  American football player

Date of birth:  (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 35)
NFL draft:  2003 / Round: 6 / Pick: 190

Place of birth:  Gainesville, Florida

Michael Dondril Nattiel (born November 8, 1980) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons during the early 2000s. Nattiel played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.


Early years

Nattiel was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1980. He attended Newberry High School in Newberry, Florida, where he played for the Newberry Fighting Panthers high school football team. Nattiel was a three-time Florida Class 3A all-state honoree at linebacker, and was recognized as a high school All-American by SuperPrep, PrepStar and National Blue Chips.

College career

Nattiel accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played outside linebacker for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 1999 to 2002. Nattiel recovered a key fumble in the Gators' Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship victory over the Auburn Tigers in 2000, and was an honorable mention All-SEC selection in 2002.

Professional career

The Minnesota Vikings selected Nattiel in the sixth round (190th pick overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 2003 to 2004. In his two-season NFL career, Nattiel played in thirty-two games in a backup role, the highlight of which was an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2003.


Nattiel is the nephew of Ricky Nattiel, former standout wide receiver for the Florida Gators and the NFL's Denver Broncos. After his professional career, he returned to the state of Florida to coach football, and returned to his home town Panthers in 2011 as defensive coordinator.


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