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Give it up for Lorenzo Neal

My first reaction was what I wrote below out of the admiration I have for the guy, but now looking at his age and the trifecta ways it makes no sense. However, what does make sense is to take a look at this man´s amazing career.  This guy is what the game is all about. This comment by Ratenxs says it all: 

He was originally brought in as a HB. Had 13 carries for 89 yards before he broke his ankle and was told he’d never be able to run the same way again. So did get get depressed and threaten suicide like a certain QB we’ve all heard of?

No, he went into the coaches office and said hey, I just want to get on the field. I’ll be the best blocking FB you’ve ever seen. Since then, this has been his career. I put the team’s leading RB next to the team and how many yards that RB got, and in parenthesis is what that RB had the very next season after Neal left.

1997 – Jets – Adrian Murrel – 1,086 yards (1,042)
1998 – Bucs – Warrick Dunn – 1,026 yards (616)
1999 – Titans – Eddie George – 1,304 yards
2000 – Titans – Eddie George – 1,509 yards (909)
2001 – Bengals – Corey Dillon – 1,315 yards
2002 – Bengals – Corey Dillon – 1,311 yards (541)
2003 – Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,645 yards
2004 – Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,335 yards
2005 – Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,462 yards
2006 – Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,815 yards
2007 – Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson – 1,474 yards (1,110)
2008 – Ravens – McClain + McGahee – 1,573 yards (?)

Look especially at Dunn, George, and Dillon. All 3 of those RBs took a nose-dive in their careers after Neal left, and many argue that LT isn’t the same without him, either.

Now, he’s 38, and he just completed (no lie) his 17th season in the league, so I doubt anyone is going to sign him. But for a 5’11" guy out of Fresno State, I think it’s safe to say he’s left his mark on the league. I just hope he gets the Hall of Fame vote that I think he rightly deserves.Someone get my Parcells cell number right now! 

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Then this was just my rant:

Are you kidding me?? Lorenzo Neal is a FA?? 

What does Baltimore rushing success and San Diego´s rushing decline have in common?? 

Lorenzo Neal 

This is a no brainer for any team in the league.  Lorenzo Neal is the personification of blocking. Seriously, Lorenzo Neal helped LT build a dynasty. And now he helped Baltimore turn into a rushing machine. This guy is truly amazing. Sure Polite is a good runner but nothing else, like somebody said in an earlier post, "he hast proved to be a great FB". Now, with Ronnie Brown healthier and with more confidence than ever, and an improved O-Line, RWilliams help we can turn into a PTR team, of you add Lorenzo Neal to the mix it could truly be special. Specially with a RB like Ronnie who like to run up the middle. Sorry Im just throwing around ideas that come to mind. Wow 

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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