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recruiting athletes from other sports and converting them into viable and productive NFL players. There was offensive lineman Stephen Neal , an NCAA champion wrestler and five-sport athlete. There is defensive back and special teamer Nate Ebner , a world-class
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats' win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
not just talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to bucking conventional NFL wisdom: How else do you explain Stephen Neal ? Chad Johnson ? And while Tebow does have some aspects to his game that might make him a salvageable NFL prospect, the
for Cincinnati following the 2011 season as a free agent, setting the stage for the emergence of Bolden and Ridley. Stephen Neal : The collegiate wrestling champion never played a lick of football while he was at Cal-State Bakersfield, but he
experiments Belichick has undergone when he’s looked for talent (like college wrestlers-turned-offensive linemen Stephen Neal and John Wise and former lacrosse star Will Yeatman, who nearly found a spot on New England’s practice squad last year
Patriots locker room. Meanwhile, New England is perilously thin at the right guard position — last year’s starter Stephen Neal retired, and his de facto replacement Dan Connolly suffered an ankle injury in the Patriots preseason loss to Detroit
and Nick Kaczur , and the Patriots are expected to have a possible opening at right guard with the retirement of veteran Stephen Neal . However, given his medical condition and his overall youth, its’ likely New England is thinking long term with Cannon
the week but well aware that work isn’t likely to pay off down the road. It’s worth mentioning that Vereen and Stephen Neal are two players who were part of similar situations when they were younger, and both ended up being key contributors later in their
of having this opportunity.” Here is the rest of Brady’s Thursday press conference from Gillette Stadium: Q: Stephen Neal is being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in Bakersfield. What do you remember about him
the past , and has steered some relatively under-the-radar players in Belichick’s direction before, including Stephen Neal (after the former college wrestling champion was looking for a place to play professional football) and Mike Vrabel , who
Ohio State is an intriguing one, and brings to mind New England’s decision to utilize former collegiate wrestler Stephen Neal as an offensive lineman. The Patriots have always managed to think outside the box when it comes to finding talent
fondness for wrestlers and their ability to translate their quickness on the football field, something that was evident when Stephen Neal was a big part of the offensive line. “We’ll pretty much talk every day and usually, it’s about football