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Stephen Neal Record, Net Worth, Age, Weight, & More!
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Stephen Neal Record, Net Worth, Age, Weight, & More!

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Who Is Stephen Neal?

Stephen Neal is an American former world champion in freestyle wrestling, national amateur champion, and collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield. Along with his wrestling career, Stephen also had a successful football career with the New England Patriots. He is one of the new NFL players who did not play football in college, and had the opportunity to earn three Super Bowl rings with the patriots.

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Stephen Grew up in San Diego, California and attended San Diego High School where he was a letterman in football, wrestling, swimming, tennis, and track and field. He saw great success early on in his wrestling career after placing fourth at the California State Wrestling tournament and ended his senior season with a record of 45-2. His success continued as her pursued his collegiate career at Cal State-Bakersfield, commonly referred to as CSU Bakersfield’s most decorated wrestler.

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How Old Is Stephen Neal?

Born October 9, 1976, Stephen Neal is 44 years old.

Stephen Neal’s Family

Stephen Neal and his wife Jodee have two daughters, Colby and Jillian. His cousin Pete Thomas is also a well known collegiate football player.

How Much Is Stephen Neal Worth?

Stephen Neal’s net worth is approximately $2 Million.

How Tall Is Stephen Neal?

Stephen Neal stands at 6 feet and 4 inches tall.

How Much Does Stephen Neal Weigh?

Stephen Neal weighs approximately 305 pounds.

More About Stephens Career

During his time wrestling at Cal State University, Bakersfield, Neal became one of the top wrestlers in the nation. He compiled a collegiate record of 156-10 with four All-American seasons. During his freshman year he placed fourth in NCAA Division I, second place as a sophomore, and then first place both as a junior and senior. 

In 1997 during his sophomore year, one of Neal;s few losses came to two time heavyweight champion Kerry McCoy. Coming back in 1998, Neal secured his first NCAA heavyweight title after defeating Trent Hynek of Iowa State 20-5. In one of the biggest matches of his career, his final title in 1999 came after defeating future NCAA wrestling champion and UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

1999 was one of the most successful years Neal had in his career after winning the Dan Hodge award, the U.S. freestyle Championship, the Pan-American Games title, and the 1999 World Wrestling Championships at 286 pounds. The same year he also won the FILA outstanding wrestler award. He made a run for the Olympics at the 2000 Summer Olympic Trials, but was defeated by Kerry McCoy again. After this loss, Neal announced his retirement from wrestling.

Neal had many accomplishments while wrestling in college. He set the Pac-10 Conference record after finishing 34-0 in conference competition. He also became the conference’s first four-time winner in the same weight class, and the second four-time winner ever. Neal was also a four-time Academic All-American and a four time Pac-10 All-Conference selection. He finished his time at Cal State Bakersfield as a career record holder with 156 pins, 31 pins in a season and 71 pins in a career.

After retiring from wrestling, Neal had the desire to play football in the NFL despite having not played since high school. Being the natural born athlete that he is, he was drafted to the NFL by the New England Patriots even though he had not played in college. Shortly after signing with the Patriots he was waived and then picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent several months on the Eagles practice squad and then re-signed with the Patriots in December 2001.

He played right guard and started on the offensive line in the 2003 season. He was injured early in the season which prevented him from playing for the rest of the year. He made a strong comeback in 2004 and went on to play with the Patriots for the next 10 years, being a part of three Super Bowl Champions.

Stephen Neal Injuries

Stephen Neal injured his shoulder early on in the 2003 season with the New England Patriots. The injury forced him to sit out for the rest of the season.

Is Stephen Neal Retired?

Stephen Neal announced his retirement from wrestling in 2000 and his retirement from football in 2011. He now spends his time coaching wrestling.

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