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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

Players

Mike Neal
DE/LB #96
Height:
6-3
Weight:
285
Age:
26
College:
Purdue
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
47
SCK
5.0
FF
1
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 64 48 16 10.5 0 1 1 5 -- 5 0 2 0
2013 GB 16 10 47 36 11 5.0 -- 1 1 5 5 5 0 1 --
2012 GB 11 1 11 8 3 4.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 GB 7 0 3 1 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 GB 2 0 3 3 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF L 28-34 3 2 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 WAS W 38-20 2 2 0 -- -- 1 1 5 5 5 0 0 --
3 @CIN L 30-34 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 DET W 22-9 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @BAL W 19-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 CLE W 31-13 -- 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @MIN W 44-31 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 CHI L 20-27 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 PHI L 13-27 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @NYG L 13-27 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 MIN L 26-26 6 4 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @DET L 10-40 3 1 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 ATL W 22-21 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
15 @DAL W 37-36 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 PIT L 31-38 5 5 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @CHI W 33-28 6 5 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

  • Enjoyed the healthiest season of his young career in 2012, appearing in 11 games with one start and setting career highs in every statistical category, including his 4½ sacks that ranked second on the club.
  • Limited to just nine games as a pro due to injuries over the course of his first two seasons (2010-11).
  • Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior for the Boilermakers.
  • Highest-drafted player out of Purdue by the Packers since G/LB Tom Bettis in 1955 (fifth overall pick).
  • Posted several team weightlifting records at Purdue, including a 510-pound bench press and a 615-pound squat.
  • Father, Michael, played defensive tackle at Weber State from 1986-87, and went to training camp with the N.Y. Giants in 1988.


Pro Highlights:

  • Appeared in a career-high 11 games in 2012, finishing with 18 tackles (10 solo) and ranking second on the team behind LB Clay Matthews with a career-best 4½ sacks. 
  • Was limited to just nine games over the course of his first two seasons, missing all but two games of his rookie campaign in 2010 with abdominal/shoulder injuries and then suffering a knee sprain in training camp that sidelined him until midseason in 2011.
  • In the small sample of playing time when healthy his rookie year, flashed potential by recording five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
  • Injured his right shoulder in Week 5 and was eventually placed on injured reserve leading into Week 8 in 2010.
  • Made the transition to end after starting his last two seasons at Purdue at left defensive tackle.


2012 SEASON
: Joined the team after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy…Returned in Week 5 at Indianapolis, providing an immediate boost to the pass rush…Set career highs for games played (11), tackles (18), solo tackles (10) and sacks (4½), seeing the sack total rank second to Matthews (13) for the most on the club…Suffered a shoulder injury in Week 13 that forced him to be inactive the following week vs. Detroit (Dec. 9)…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Made his awaited 2012 debut in his home state after going through a week of practice and being activated the day before the game. Flashed the play-making ability that made him a promising prospect when healthy his rookie season, appearing on 32 plays and recording a sack and three QB hits during the game. The sack came on a stunt with Matthews in the second quarter, when he went around the outside and corralled QB Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss, moving Indianapolis from Green Bay’s 26-yard line back to the 35 where an ultimate 53-yard FG attempt was unsuccessful. Sack was the second of his career and first since Oct. 10, 2010, at Washington…Vs. Arizona (Nov. 4): Substituted on 24 defensive plays and finished with two solo tackles, including his second sack of the season. Sack came on a third down on the Cardinals’ opening possession when he dropped QB John Skelton for a 10-yard loss…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Returned to the action after missing the previous week’s game with a shoulder injury. Delivered an impactful performance as a pass rusher, appearing on 18 plays and finishing with three tackles (two solo) and a career-high 1½ sacks. Tallied his first sack when he pursued QB Jay Cutler toward the front of the pocket and sacked him for a 5-yard loss. Later added the half-sack on the Bears’ final drive when he teamed with DE Jerel Worthy to drop Cutler for a 9-yard loss…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Played on 27 defensive snaps and had two assisted tackles. Was especially disruptive as a pass rusher, tallying three pressures and two QB hits of Joe Webb. One of his pressures came early in the second quarter when he pursued Webb to the opposite side of the field and wrapped him up for a sack, only to have the QB lob the ball away on his way to the ground, a play that was flagged for intentional grounding and forced a Minnesota punt.

2011: Suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill early in training camp that required surgery and kept him out of action for the first nine games of the regular season…Returned to the lineup for the Week 11 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and went on to play in final six games and the team’s postseason contest, finishing with five tackles (three solo)…Vs. Tampa Bay (Nov. 20): Made his season debut, his first action since Week 5 of 2010. Played on defense, seeing time as a situational rusher on passing downs, but did not record any statistics…Vs. Chicago (Dec. 25): Appeared on 22 plays and had his most productive game of 2011, recording three tackles (two solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Made his postseason debut, appearing on 17 plays and posting one solo tackle.

2010: Due to injuries, played in just two games as a reserve end and nickel pass rusher, recording five tackles (two solo), a sack and a forced fumble…Missed the first three games with an abdominal injury, making his NFL debut in Week 4, and then the following week injured his right shoulder and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 26…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): In first NFL action, played 26 snaps on defense and caused a turnover with a hit 3 yards in the backfield on Lions RB Jahvid Best, forcing a fumble that DT Ryan Pickett recovered. The turnover led to a TE Jermichael Finley TD reception that put the Packers ahead to stay, 14-7…At Washington (Oct. 10): After Pickett left with a sprained ankle on the first series, played 53 snaps and had five tackles (two solo), including a sack of QB Donovan McNabb for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. Also was stout against the run, helping the defense hold the Redskins to just 51 rushing yards on 21 carries (2.4 avg.), with a long of 8…2010 Draft: Taken in the second round (No. 56 overall), the first Purdue player drafted by the Packers since RB Edwin Watson (seventh round, 1998) and the highest taken by Green Bay since G/LB Tom Bettis in 1955 (fifth overall pick). Also the highest-drafted defensive player from Purdue since OLB Anthony Spencer was selected 26th overall by Dallas in 2007.

COLLEGE: Played in 46 games with 23 starts as a four-year letterman for the Boilermakers, with all of the starts coming in his final two seasons…Finished his career with 99 tackles (56 solo), including 26 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks…Played in a pair of all-star games, the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, following his senior campaign…Posted several team weightlifting records, including a 510-pound bench press and a 615-pound squat…Graduated with a degree in health and fitness…Senior season (2009): Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media…Was a team co-captain…Started all 12 games at LDT…Posted 35 tackles (20 solo) and ranked second on the team with 5½ sacks…Finished third on the team with 11½ tackles for loss, and added one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries…Helped limit No. 7 Buckeyes to just 66 rushing yards on 28 carries (2.4 avg.) in 26-18 upset win vs. Ohio State (Oct. 17)…Matched career high with two sacks at Michigan (Nov. 7)…Posted career-high six tackles (four solo) and game-high 2½ tackles for loss in final college game at Indiana (Nov. 21)…Junior season (2008): Played in all 12 games with 11 starts, posting 33 tackles (18 solo)…Ranked second on the team with 5½ sacks and third with 10 tackles for loss…Established career high with two sacks among five tackles (four solo) at Northwestern (Oct. 18)…Sophomore season (2007): Played in all 13 games and posted 22 tackles (10 solo)…Added two sacks and 3½ tackles for loss, along with one pass defensed…Posted the first sack of his career at Toledo (Sept. 1)…Registered season-high five tackles (two solo), including 1½ for loss and a sack, in Motor City Bowl win vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 26)…Redshirt freshman season (2006): Appeared in nine games as a reserve…Posted nine tackles (eight solo), including one for a loss, and a pass breakup…Missed five games in the middle of the season due to a turf toe injury…Had a season-high three tackles (all solo) and a pass breakup in Champs Sports Bowl vs. Maryland (Dec. 29).

PERSONAL: Given name Michael Jamel Neal…Single…Born in Gary, Ind. …Father, Michael, was a two-time all-conference DT at Weber State (1986-87), where he played for longtime college head coach Mike Price…Father also went to training camp with the N.Y. Giants in 1988…High school: First-team all-state selection as a senior at Merrillville (Ind.) High…Posted 59 tackles, including 24 for loss and 12 sacks, along with 20 QB hurries, six passes defensed and a blocked kick that season…Ranked as No. 29 strongside DE in the nation and the No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals.com…Registered 49 tackles, including 14 for loss and four sacks, with three pass breakups and a fumble recovery as a junior…Also played TE…Lettered twice in basketball…Community involvement: Participated in a Q&A session and threw footballs to guests at an event for the Green Bay Traffic Club...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys going to church, watching movies and playing video games…Lists Joel Osteen as his favorite author and Men of Honor as his favorite movie...Likes to collect sneakers, particularly Air Jordans…Residence: Merrillville, Ind.

  • Enjoyed the healthiest season of his young career in 2012, appearing in 11 games with one start and setting career highs in every statistical category, including his 4½ sacks that ranked second on the club.
  • Limited to just nine games as a pro due to injuries over the course of his first two seasons (2010-11).
  • Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior for the Boilermakers.
  • Highest-drafted player out of Purdue by the Packers since G/LB Tom Bettis in 1955 (fifth overall pick).
  • Posted several team weightlifting records at Purdue, including a 510-pound bench press and a 615-pound squat.
  • Father, Michael, played defensive tackle at Weber State from 1986-87, and went to training camp with the N.Y. Giants in 1988.


Pro Highlights:

  • Appeared in a career-high 11 games in 2012, finishing with 18 tackles (10 solo) and ranking second on the team behind LB Clay Matthews with a career-best 4½ sacks. 
  • Was limited to just nine games over the course of his first two seasons, missing all but two games of his rookie campaign in 2010 with abdominal/shoulder injuries and then suffering a knee sprain in training camp that sidelined him until midseason in 2011.
  • In the small sample of playing time when healthy his rookie year, flashed potential by recording five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
  • Injured his right shoulder in Week 5 and was eventually placed on injured reserve leading into Week 8 in 2010.
  • Made the transition to end after starting his last two seasons at Purdue at left defensive tackle.


2012 SEASON
: Joined the team after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy…Returned in Week 5 at Indianapolis, providing an immediate boost to the pass rush…Set career highs for games played (11), tackles (18), solo tackles (10) and sacks (4½), seeing the sack total rank second to Matthews (13) for the most on the club…Suffered a shoulder injury in Week 13 that forced him to be inactive the following week vs. Detroit (Dec. 9)…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Made his awaited 2012 debut in his home state after going through a week of practice and being activated the day before the game. Flashed the play-making ability that made him a promising prospect when healthy his rookie season, appearing on 32 plays and recording a sack and three QB hits during the game. The sack came on a stunt with Matthews in the second quarter, when he went around the outside and corralled QB Andrew Luck for a 9-yard loss, moving Indianapolis from Green Bay’s 26-yard line back to the 35 where an ultimate 53-yard FG attempt was unsuccessful. Sack was the second of his career and first since Oct. 10, 2010, at Washington…Vs. Arizona (Nov. 4): Substituted on 24 defensive plays and finished with two solo tackles, including his second sack of the season. Sack came on a third down on the Cardinals’ opening possession when he dropped QB John Skelton for a 10-yard loss…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Returned to the action after missing the previous week’s game with a shoulder injury. Delivered an impactful performance as a pass rusher, appearing on 18 plays and finishing with three tackles (two solo) and a career-high 1½ sacks. Tallied his first sack when he pursued QB Jay Cutler toward the front of the pocket and sacked him for a 5-yard loss. Later added the half-sack on the Bears’ final drive when he teamed with DE Jerel Worthy to drop Cutler for a 9-yard loss…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Played on 27 defensive snaps and had two assisted tackles. Was especially disruptive as a pass rusher, tallying three pressures and two QB hits of Joe Webb. One of his pressures came early in the second quarter when he pursued Webb to the opposite side of the field and wrapped him up for a sack, only to have the QB lob the ball away on his way to the ground, a play that was flagged for intentional grounding and forced a Minnesota punt.

2011: Suffered a knee injury during a non-contact drill early in training camp that required surgery and kept him out of action for the first nine games of the regular season…Returned to the lineup for the Week 11 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and went on to play in final six games and the team’s postseason contest, finishing with five tackles (three solo)…Vs. Tampa Bay (Nov. 20): Made his season debut, his first action since Week 5 of 2010. Played on defense, seeing time as a situational rusher on passing downs, but did not record any statistics…Vs. Chicago (Dec. 25): Appeared on 22 plays and had his most productive game of 2011, recording three tackles (two solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Made his postseason debut, appearing on 17 plays and posting one solo tackle.

2010: Due to injuries, played in just two games as a reserve end and nickel pass rusher, recording five tackles (two solo), a sack and a forced fumble…Missed the first three games with an abdominal injury, making his NFL debut in Week 4, and then the following week injured his right shoulder and was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 26…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): In first NFL action, played 26 snaps on defense and caused a turnover with a hit 3 yards in the backfield on Lions RB Jahvid Best, forcing a fumble that DT Ryan Pickett recovered. The turnover led to a TE Jermichael Finley TD reception that put the Packers ahead to stay, 14-7…At Washington (Oct. 10): After Pickett left with a sprained ankle on the first series, played 53 snaps and had five tackles (two solo), including a sack of QB Donovan McNabb for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter. Also was stout against the run, helping the defense hold the Redskins to just 51 rushing yards on 21 carries (2.4 avg.), with a long of 8…2010 Draft: Taken in the second round (No. 56 overall), the first Purdue player drafted by the Packers since RB Edwin Watson (seventh round, 1998) and the highest taken by Green Bay since G/LB Tom Bettis in 1955 (fifth overall pick). Also the highest-drafted defensive player from Purdue since OLB Anthony Spencer was selected 26th overall by Dallas in 2007.

COLLEGE: Played in 46 games with 23 starts as a four-year letterman for the Boilermakers, with all of the starts coming in his final two seasons…Finished his career with 99 tackles (56 solo), including 26 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks…Played in a pair of all-star games, the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, following his senior campaign…Posted several team weightlifting records, including a 510-pound bench press and a 615-pound squat…Graduated with a degree in health and fitness…Senior season (2009): Earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media…Was a team co-captain…Started all 12 games at LDT…Posted 35 tackles (20 solo) and ranked second on the team with 5½ sacks…Finished third on the team with 11½ tackles for loss, and added one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries…Helped limit No. 7 Buckeyes to just 66 rushing yards on 28 carries (2.4 avg.) in 26-18 upset win vs. Ohio State (Oct. 17)…Matched career high with two sacks at Michigan (Nov. 7)…Posted career-high six tackles (four solo) and game-high 2½ tackles for loss in final college game at Indiana (Nov. 21)…Junior season (2008): Played in all 12 games with 11 starts, posting 33 tackles (18 solo)…Ranked second on the team with 5½ sacks and third with 10 tackles for loss…Established career high with two sacks among five tackles (four solo) at Northwestern (Oct. 18)…Sophomore season (2007): Played in all 13 games and posted 22 tackles (10 solo)…Added two sacks and 3½ tackles for loss, along with one pass defensed…Posted the first sack of his career at Toledo (Sept. 1)…Registered season-high five tackles (two solo), including 1½ for loss and a sack, in Motor City Bowl win vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 26)…Redshirt freshman season (2006): Appeared in nine games as a reserve…Posted nine tackles (eight solo), including one for a loss, and a pass breakup…Missed five games in the middle of the season due to a turf toe injury…Had a season-high three tackles (all solo) and a pass breakup in Champs Sports Bowl vs. Maryland (Dec. 29).

PERSONAL: Given name Michael Jamel Neal…Single…Born in Gary, Ind. …Father, Michael, was a two-time all-conference DT at Weber State (1986-87), where he played for longtime college head coach Mike Price…Father also went to training camp with the N.Y. Giants in 1988…High school: First-team all-state selection as a senior at Merrillville (Ind.) High…Posted 59 tackles, including 24 for loss and 12 sacks, along with 20 QB hurries, six passes defensed and a blocked kick that season…Ranked as No. 29 strongside DE in the nation and the No. 6 player in Indiana by Rivals.com…Registered 49 tackles, including 14 for loss and four sacks, with three pass breakups and a fumble recovery as a junior…Also played TE…Lettered twice in basketball…Community involvement: Participated in a Q&A session and threw footballs to guests at an event for the Green Bay Traffic Club...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys going to church, watching movies and playing video games…Lists Joel Osteen as his favorite author and Men of Honor as his favorite movie...Likes to collect sneakers, particularly Air Jordans…Residence: Merrillville, Ind.

 

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