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Three-Time Super Bowl Champ Considering MMA Career is reporting that former longtime New England Patriots’ offensive lineman Stephen Neal could join the growing trend of former NFLers turning to Mixed Martial Arts as a profession.

Being 33 years old and having been plagued by injuries throughout his NFL career, it may seem like Neal’s chances at making a new home in the UFC are slim, but he would have more going for him than many other former pro-football players have had when converting to MMA. He is a former two time NCAA wrestling champion with an overall wrestling record of 151-10 and he was also the winner of amateur wrestling’s Heismann Trophy, The Dan Hodge Award.

Neal’s agent, Neil Cornrich, had this to say about the free agent’s future: “He’s excited to continue in the NFL and perhaps after that take a chance at the UFC. Getting back involved in Olympic-style wrestling is definitely a consideration.”

Did I mention that Neal holds a wrestling victory over current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar? Neal defeated Lesnar in the NCAA heavyweight finals in 1999; a fact that would certainly boost his chances at making it into the UFC.