Ex-NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal sentenced for 2011 DUI crash

FRESNO, Calif. -- Former NFL player Lorenzo Neal has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge.

The four-time Pro Bowl fullback also was sentenced Monday to eight days in an adult offender work program and ordered to pay $1,861 in fines and court fees.

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Authorities say Neal was charged in a July 4, 2011 crash in which his pickup truck hit a pole north of Clovis.

The Fresno Bee reports that Neal is listed as chief information officer for a company called Safe Ride Solutions, which offers confidential rides for intoxicated drivers.

According to the company's website, "Lorenzo feels drinking and driving is a major problem and effects people from all walks of life and all segments of society."

Neal played for seven NFL teams from 1993 to 2008.

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