Dan Neil (American football)

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Not to be confused with former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Dan Neal.
Dan Neil
No. 62
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-10-21) October 21, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
High school: Houston (TX) Cypress Creek
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
Debuted in 1997 for the Denver Broncos
Last played in 2004 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 108
Games started 104
Fumbles recovered 2
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Daniel Patrick Neil (born October 21, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Texas, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played for the Broncos during his entire pro football career. Neil was a candidate for the Texas House of Representatives in the 2010 general election.

Early years[edit]

Neil was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Cypress Creek High School in suburban Houston, where he played high school football for the Cypress Creek Cougars.

College career[edit]

He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1993 to 1996. As a senior in 1996, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Professional career[edit]

The Denver Broncos selected Neil in the third round (67th pick overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft,[1] and he played for the Broncos from 1997 to 2004. After seeing limited playing time as a rookie in 1997, he became a reliable starter on the Broncos' offensive line, starting in 104 of 108 games over the next seven seasons. He played on the Broncos' NFL championship teams in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.

Life after football[edit]

In 2010, Neil was the Republican nominee for the 48th District of the Texas House of Representatives. His opponents were Democratic incumbent Donna Howard and Libertarian Ben Easton. The election returns showed Howard winning by 16 votes. Neil challenged the results in the Texas House. A select investigating committee found Howard had won by only four votes but that Neil had not met the burden of proof required to overturn the election. Neil dropped the challenge on March 18, 2011, nearly halfway into the legislative session.[2]

Prior to pursuing political aspirations, Neil co-hosted "The Morning Rush" with Erin Hogan in Austin's ESPN Radio affiliate, 104.9 The Horn.

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