Lorenzo Neal, a Hanford, CA native, was the preeminent fullback in the NFL for more than 14 seasons. After being selected in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Lorenzo went on to play for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times, was voted a first team All-Pro twice, a second team All-Pro once, and selected to the NFL's and Sporting News' All-Decade team for the 2000's. But his most historic professional football accomplishment was blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher in 11 straight seasons (1997-2007).
Lorenzo co-hosts Flavors of the Gaslamp with fellow Pro Player Foundation celebrity partners Earl Campbell and Eric Allen. The event was created to raise awareness and funds for cancer and honor family members who have been lost to the disease. Lorenzo is committed to helping families battling cancer in honor of his sister, Denise, who he tragically lost to breast cancer in 2007.
Lorenzo attended Fresno State University from 1989-1992 and earned his degree in Criminal Justice. He finished his college football career with more than 2,400 rushing yards, second in school history. He was an All Big West selection his junior and senior year and played in the Japan Bowl All Star Game. Lorenzo was also an All-American wrestler in college and placed seventh at the 1992 NCAA Wresting Team Championship.
Lorenzo and his wife, Denisha, reside in Clovis, CA with their son Lorenzo and daughters Nylya and Mia.
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