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Donald McNeal (born May 6, 1958) is a former American professional football player who played cornerback for the Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
in the 1980s. McNeal was born and raised in Atmore, Alabama. He is a 1976 graduate of Escambia County (Alabama) High School where he was a star on the football team. He played college football at the University of Alabama for the legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. McNeal played on Alabama's 1978 and 1979 national championship teams; he was Captain of the Team in 1979. In 1992, he was selected as a member of the University of Alabama All-Centennial Team. The Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
drafted McNeal as a defensive back in 1980. McNeal played in two Super Bowls with the Dolphins: Super Bowl XVII
Super Bowl XVII
in January 1983 and Super Bowl XIX
Super Bowl XIX
in January 1985. He retired at the end of the 1989 season having played his entire pro career with the Dolphins. McNeal was involved in one of the more famous plays in the annals of professional football, which took place in Super Bowl XVII. Late in the game with fourth down and inches to go, McNeal was unable to bring down Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins
running back John Riggins, who rumbled 43 yards into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown.[1] Riggins' Run is the Redskins' "Greatest Moment of all time" as voted on by Redskin fans. This became not only a famous play but also a famous photograph as well. Today, McNeal is active in the community with associations that assist youth and adults. He serves as a drug-rehab counselor, teacher, coach, lay pastor, board member, and is a frequent public speaker. He is a pastor at New Testament Baptist Church in South Florida
South Florida
and speaker for Power Talent. His life is further described in his autobiography Home Team Advantage: From the fields of rural Alabama to the pro football field of the Miami Dolphins.[1][2] On May 31, 2008 Don McNeal was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama. See also[edit]

1980 NFL Draft Dade Christian School

References[edit]

^ a b ESPN.com - E-Ticket: Super Victims ^ Amazon.com: Home Team Advantage: From the fields of rural Alabama to the pro football field of the Miami Dolphins: Books: Don McNeal

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1978 Alabama Crimson Tide football—AP national champions

Buddy Aydelette Byron Braggs Jim Bunch Billy Jackson Amos Jones E. J. Junior Barry Krauss Marty Lyons Curtis McGriff Don McNeal Tony Nathan Jeff Rutledge Randy Scott Steadman Shealy Dwight Stephenson Rich Wingo

Head coach Bear Bryant

Assistant coaches Ken Donahue Sylvester Croom Mal Moore Bill Oliver

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1979 Alabama Crimson Tide football—consensus national champions

10 Steadman Shealy 15 Tommy Wilcox 23 Benny Perrin 28 Don McNeal 33 Billy Jackson 39 E. J. Junior 47 Byron Braggs 57 Eddie Lowe 57 Dwight Stephenson 60 Tom Boyd 63 Jim Bunch 76 Buddy Aydelette 81 Mike Pitts 86 Curtis McGriff 97 Robbie Jones 98 Jackie Cline Amos Jones Randy Scott

Head coach Bear Bryant

Assistant coaches Ken Donahue Sylvester Croom Mal Moore Bill Oliver

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1980 NFL draft first-round selections

Billy Sims Lam Jones Anthony Muñoz Bruce Clark Curtis Dickey Curtis Greer Junior Miller Mark Haynes Doug Martin Jacob Green Brad Budde Stan Brock Earl Cooper Roland James Marc Wilson Jim Ritcher Johnnie Johnson Art Monk Otis Wilson Jim Stuckey Don McNeal Ray Snell Roynell Young Derrick Hatchett Vagas Ferguson George Cumby Charles White Mark Malone

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Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
1980 NFL draft selections

Don McNeal Dwight Stephenson Bill Barnett Elmer Bailey Eugene Byrd Joe Rose Jeff Allen David Woodley Mark Goodspeed Doug Lantz Ben Long Phil Driscoll Chuck Stone

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Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
first-round draft picks

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 36365445 LCCN: n2007031

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