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Pound for pound, Lorenzo Neal is the preeminent fullback in the National Football League today. A long-overdue starter in the 2006 Pro Bowl, Neal’s credentials speak for themselves. He’s been a lead blocker for nine straight 1,000-yard rushers and he’s cleared the way for LaDainian Tomlinson each of the last three seasons.
A veteran of 13 seasons in the league, Neal has distinguished himself with his durability, having played in 192 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 1994 season. One of the keys to his longevity is a strict training regimen that includes boxing workouts with former IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Paul Vaden and Ultimate Fighting Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Neal also has trained in the past with Jennifer Alcorn, a Lightweight World Champion in women’s boxing. Lorenzo’s brother Eddie is a professional boxer who has a record of 5-1 with four wins by knockout in the Heavyweight division.
Neal enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, including golf, fishing, horseback riding, dirt bike riding, water skiing and riding Jet Skis.
Wrestling is his indoor sport of choice. An All-America wrestler in college, Neal returns to Fresno State during the offseason and stays in shape by working out with some of the nation’s top collegiate wrestlers.
Through his travels as a professional athlete, Lorenzo has become a collector of sports memorabilia. Boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier are among his most prized collectibles. He also owns two classic cars: 1971 and ’72 Cutlass Supremes.
Neal and close friend Major Rogers established the “Changing a Generation Foundation” to help youth from Fresno High School learn to set and achieve goals while working toward a college education.
He also owns a commercial real estate business, M & N Service Inc., which manages apartment complexes around Fresno.
Lorenzo is interested in pursing a career in sports broadcasting after he retires. In March, he spent three days co-hosting NFL Total Access on the NFL Network.