LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former Lufkin Panther Reggie McNeal has been named to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. McNeal will be one of nine inducted into the Class of 2017 of this Hall of Fame honor.
McNeal helped lead Lufkin to their only state football title back in 2001. The Panthers beat out Austin Westlake that year 38-24. Lufkin was down 21-3 at one point before McNeal ran for 159 yards while passing for 223 yards to help the Pack get the come-from-behind win.
The quarterback was a three-year- starter at Lufkin and finished with a winning 33-8 record, 5,935 passing yards and 64 touchdowns. His senior year alone, McNeal threw for 2,385 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing 856 yards and 10 touchdowns.
McNeal could be found playing on both sides of the ball. As a defensive back, he had seven interceptions his senior year.
McNeal earned several honors through his high school career. He was an all-state player for back-to-back years, had East Texas Player of the Year honors, was named the Offensive Player of the Year and All-American by SuperPrep, who also ranked him as the No. 3 quarterback in the country.
The Panther eventually signed with Texas A&M where he was also a three-year starter for the Aggies. McNeal ranks among one of the best to come through College Station where he racked in 8,876 yards in total offense, 6,992 yards were credited to the passing game.
After college, McNeal was picked up by Cincinnati in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent seven years playing in the NFL and CFL.