Neal Dahlen is a retired American football administrator, who worked for San Francisco 49ers (1979-1996), and the Denver Broncos (1996-2003), and was General Manager of the Broncos from 1999 to January 2002.[1][2]

Dahlen has the distinction of earning the most Super Bowl rings in history, at seven. He earned five with the 49ers, and two during his time at the Broncos.[3][4][5]

Dahlen attended Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, and played quarterback at San Jose State University, where he graduated from in 1963 (and earned a master's in 1964).[6] He then coached football at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo,[7] as well as at the College of San Mateo.

Dahlen starting working part time for the 49ers in 1979, and earned increasing administrative responsibilities. He moved to Denver in 1996 to become director of player personnel, and later was named general manager in 1999. Ted Sundquist replaced him in early 2002, and Dahlen became the team's director of football administration until he retired the following year.[8]

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  1. (29 January 2002) Broncos name Sundquist as GM, create position for Dahlen, Associated Press, Retrieved December 2, 2010 ("The Denver Broncos hired Ted Sundquist as general manager Monday and made former GM Neal Dahlen the team's director of football administration.")
  2. (29 January 2002). Broncos' GM has AFA ties/ Denver promotes alum Sundquist, The Gazette (Colorado Springs), Retrieved December 2, 2010 ("He replaces Neal Dahlen, general manager since 1999, who becomes the team's director of football administration.")
  3. (3 February 2008). Rings not everything to Fleming, Deseret News, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  4. (23 August 1998). Broncos' Dahlen succeeds like clockwork: Lucky 7th ring perfect fit for player-personnel guru, The Denver Post, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  5. (4 August 1999). Vikings perplexed by vanishing rookie, USA Today, Retrieved December 2, 2010 ("But when it comes to NFL jewelry, [Neal] Dahlen can top anyone in the league. Dahlen has more Super Bowl rings -- seven -- than anyone in history.")
  6. Denver Broncos 2002 Media Guide, p.36 (2002), Retrieved December 2, 2010
  7. (17 June 2003). Ringmaster, San Mateo County Times, Retrieved December 2, 2010
  8. (6 March 1996). PERSONNEL EXPERT LEAVES 49ERS TO JOIN BRONCO, Rocky Mountain News, Retrieved December 2, 1996
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