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NFL Free Agent Signings: Linebacker Kerry Neal Agrees to Contract with Colts

Published by on July 29, 2011
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Two weeks before Notre Dame's pro day in April, it was unclear whether or not Kerry Neal would be able to put on a strong enough show to garner interest by pro scouts. Then, to compound matters, he suffered a severe calf strain that rendered his chances of piquing interest even more far-fetched.

Clearly below full health, he recorded 40-yard dash times of 5.17 and 5.15—not exactly a bad time for defensive lineman, but hardly acceptable for linebackers.

So Neal, who played in all 50 games of his career while recording 112 tackles (11 for loss) and three fumble recoveries, was forced to earn respect from scouts the old-fashioned way: relentless work in the weight room and on the field in the offseason.

On Wednesday, the hard work paid itself off, as the 6'2", 245-pound linebacker Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts
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