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Ryan Neufeld
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Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-11-22) November 22, 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth: Los Gatos, California
Career information
College: UCLA
Undrafted in 1999
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 1999)
Career highlights and awards
* World Bowl champion (VIII)
Receptions     13
Receiving yards     129
Receiving TDs     1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Ryan Matthew Neufeld (born November 22, 1975) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills. He also was a member of the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe, the Florida Tuskers and Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League. He played college football at UCLA.

Early yearsEdit

Neufeld attended Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California. As a junior, he received All-league and lineman of the year honors.

As a senior wide receiver, he registered 17 receptions for 633 yards, 7 touchdowns and received All-league honors. He finished his high school career with 45 receptions for 1,122 yards (24.9-yard average).[1]

He also practiced track and basketball.

College careerEdit

Neufeld accepted a football scholarship from UCLA, where he was redshirted and converted into a linebacker. As a freshman backup outside linebacker, he had 23 tackles and 2 sacks. The next season, he made 16 tackles and missed 3 games with an ankle injury. He had 8 tackles against the University of Michigan.

As a junior, he was moved to tight end behind Mike Grieb. He tallied 4 receptions for 60 yards, one touchdown and was the starter at long snapper. As a senior, he posted 14 receptions (tied for fifth on the team), 141 yards and one touchdown. He finished his college career with 18 receptions for 201 yards, 2 touchdowns, 39 tackles and 2 sacks.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Neufeld was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1999 NFL draft, with the intention of converting him into a fullback. He was waived on September 5 and signed to the practice squad.[2] On October 27, he was promoted to the active roster to be used on special teams and as a backup fullback.[3] He registered 6 special teams tackles and was deactivated in 2 games with a right ankle injury.

In 2000, he was allocated to the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe. He played as a tight end, making 8 receptions for 75 yards, one touchdown and contributing to the team winning World Bowl VIII. He was released in August.

Miami DolphinsEdit

On August 30, 2000, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, but was cut one week later.[4]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

In 2000, he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars to the practice squad. He was promoted to the roster on October 12.[5] In 2001, he suffered through eye, finger and calf injuries that limited his playing time during training camp and was released on August 26.[6]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

In 2002, he was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks, but was cut before the start of the season, when the team decided to keep the 2 tight ends they drafted that year.

Buffalo BillsEdit

In 2003, Neufeld was signed by the Buffalo Bills to be used as a backup fullback and tight end. His best statistical season came in 2004 as a backup tight end, when he registered 6 receptions for 61 yards.

On December 22, 2005, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury. On November 12, 2006, he suffered a serious tendon injury in his foot and was again placed on the injured reserve list on November 16. In 2007, he was declared inactive in 7 of the last 10 games. He wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.

Florida Tuskers (UFL)Edit

Neufeld was signed by the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League on September 8, 2009.[7] He missed several games after being injured and finished with 2 receptions for 6 yards and one touchdown.

Omaha Nighthawks (UFL)Edit

In 2010, he was selected by the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League expansion draft. He suffered a torn PCL during training camp and was lost for the season.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Neufeld is active in the Garth Brooks’ foundation Teammates for Kids and is the current director of football operations for the Miracle League of Frisco.

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