41: Walking-on to Become a 3-Time Super Bowl Champion with Stephen Neal
Stephen Neal - Episode 41
Stephen Neal won a national championship in wrestling in college before he walked-onto the New England Patriots as an offensive lineman. He is one of a few players ever to play in the NFL without playing college football. He was a member of the Patriots teams that won Super Bowls 36, 38, and 39. In this episode:
Being challenged to wrestle as a football player in high school
Becoming a 4-time All-American, and a 4-time Academic All-American in college
Facing former UFC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Brock Lesnar, in the national championship for wrestling and winning
How wrestling prepared him for the NFL
Walking onto the New England Patriots without playing college football
Overcoming repetitive shoulder injuries throughout his career
Winning the 1999 World Championship in Wrestling
Best memory from the NFL and his favorite players
What does he cherish most: World Champion or Superbowl Champion?
Stephen currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and children.