41: Walking-on to Become a 3-Time Super Bowl Champion


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 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 Neal currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife and kids.

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