Which Dallas Cowboy Owns a Barbershop?
Cowboys rookie Lewis Neal is an entrepreneur who owns a barbershop, opened his own investment firm while still in college, co-owns a cyber security company, has a patent-pending on a cool techno-gadget, and just happens to play defensive tackle for America’s Team. Here are 5 Fun Facts about #66 Lewis Neal:
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Neal was attending LSU when he bought a barbershop near campus in Baton Rouge so that he could learn how to run a business. Yes, he still owns the shop. He also started an investment firm while still in school. And now he co-owns a cyber-security firm. A true entrepreneur, his ultimate goal is to own an NFL franchise. He earned his college degree last December in sports management.
Neal started the season on the practice squad, but on Wednesday, November 8th was signed to the 53-man roster to replace Brian Price (knee surgery) who was placed on Injured Reserve. Neal plays defensive tackle and will make his NFL debut this coming Sunday at Atlanta when the Cowboys play the Falcons. His job is to stop the two-headed running attack of Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and to put a big pass rush on QB Matt Ryan.
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He is 6’ 0” and weighs 280 pounds, but that is under-sized for an NFL defensive tackle. Head coach Jason Garrett admits that Neal “doesn’t wow you physically with his size, he’s a smaller guy but plays with good quickness and leverage”. Garrett also notes that Neal is more a “hybrid-type” interior lineman who can play multiple positions. For this weekend, he’ll likely be the backup “3-technique” as opposed to the bigger-sized “1-technique” (nosetackle).
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Neal played defensive end while at LSU. During his junior year, his first career start was against Dak Prescott’s Mississippi State Bulldogs. Neal earned a career-high 5 tackles, a sack, and two QB hurries.
Neal was undrafted this past spring and signed with the Cowboys as a free agent.
He was moved from defensive end to defensive tackle. The kid originally from Wilson, North Carolina was a long shot to make the team. But now he’s on the 53-man roster and can play a key role for the defense in the second half of the 2017 season.