Neal Tracey lettered in basketball and football while at Ponaganset. While he could set a great screen on the hardwood , it was on the football field where he made his mark. At 6’4” and 295 lbs, he made a very big mark.
Neal lettered all four years in football. In his sophomore year, he was chosen Second Team All Division. In his junior year, he earned Second Team All-State and First Team All Division honors. That’s when Division One colleges across the country started taking notice. Notre Dame, Syracuse, Penn State, Pittsburg and Rutgers would all visit Ponaganset to meet Neal. As team captain in his senior year, Neal was named First Team All-State, First Team All Division and Team Co-MVP. The Providence Gridiron Club named him the Division III Lineman of the Year. He was among the top 100 linemen in the country.
Neal chose The University of Pittsburg on a full scholarship, where he played alongside Joe Flacco, Larry Fitzgerald and Darelle Revis just to name a few. He played in three bowl games, most notably the 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when the Panthers were Big East Champions.
After graduation Neal moved to California where he is a special education teacher and now lives with his wife Casey and their two daughters Madeline and Harper.