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Alan Veingrad
Date of birth: July 24, 1963 (1963-07-24) (age 46)
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Career information
Position(s): Tackle
Guard
Jersey №: 73,76
College: East Texas State University
Organizations
 As player:
1986-1990
1991-1992
Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys
Playing stats at NFL.com

'Alan Stuart Veingrad, now called "Shlomo" (born July 24, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League.

Veingrad played for the Green Bay Packers for five seasons, from 1986-1990, and two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, 1991 and 1992, who won Super Bowl XXVII on January 31, 1993, playing in a total of 86 games.

He played college football on scholarship at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University–Commerce), where he was an All-American and also won National Strength and Conditioning All-America honors. He was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in October, 2006.[1]

Following the Super Bowl win, Veingrad retired from football back to Florida, where he rediscovered his Jewish roots and became an observant Jew, affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He now uses his Hebrew first name, Shlomo, and travels around the country giving inspirational talks about his spiritual transformation.[2]

Alan "Shlomo" Veingrad will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 19, 2010. The ceremony will be at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, N.Y. The organization chronicles and celebrates Jewish involvement in all sports and includes Jewish sports legends such as Sandy Koufax, Red Auerbach, Kerri Strug and Hank Greenberg.[3]

Veingrad lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he is employed in commercial real estate lending by a major national firm.[4][5]

Personal Life

Veingrad was born in Brooklyn and lived in New Jersey from ages 3 to 9 before moving to Miami. He went to Miami Sunset High and grew up in a Jewish household but admits he never embraced religion until a later point in his life.[6]

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References

  1. ^ Texas A&M University–Commerce / East Texas State University - Athletic hall of Fame Members, CSTV. Accessed October 31, 2007.
  2. ^ Heinen, Tom. "TAKES FIVE ALAN VEINGRAD Ex-lineman makes leap from Lambeau to life of faith", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 13, 2005. Accessed October 19, 2007. "Alan Veingrad, an offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers from 1986 to 1990, has turned from football to faith since retiring from the National Football League in 1993. These days, he talks to Jewish organizations around the country about his journey from being a secular Jew to an observant Orthodox Jew."
  3. ^ Decotis, Mark. "Veingrad to Speak Locally", Florida Today, September 25, 2009
  4. ^ Horn, Barry. "Ex-Cowboy Finds Faith After Football.", Dallas Morning News, September 23, 2007.
  5. ^ Dallas Morning News interactive site about Alan (Shlomo) Veingrad http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2007/shlomo/
  6. ^ "Grid to God's Squad", New York Post, January 20, 2008
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