| Wide receiver|
| 238 lb (108 kg)|
Monmouth Hawks football
| (1992-01-14) January 14, 1992 (age 23)|
2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 220
American football wide receiver
Jacksonville Jaguars (#87 / Wide receiver)
Michael Sterling, Tina Sterling
Belmar, New Jersey
Neal Sterling Wikipedia
Neal J. Sterling (born January 14, 1992) is an American football tight end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Monmouth University.
Sterling attended Belmar Elementary School (Belmar, NJ) and Manasquan High School (in Manasquan, New Jersey), where he played both basketball and football. Sterling was a two-time NJSIAA Group II Central Jersey State Champion his junior and senior year at Manasquan High School under coach Pete Cahill. In his senior year, the Warriors posted a 9-3 record where Sterling led the team in offense with 40 catches for 700 yards with 8 touchdowns. He also was a big help on defense at safety, where he recorded 50 tackles and one interception. After receiving multiple scholarships for both sports, he opted for a full football scholarship offer from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Sterling played wide receiver at Monmouth University. He did not see time his freshman year, ultimately redshirting. In his redshirt freshman year, Sterling started all 11 of Monmouth's games where he recorded 57 receptions for 677 yards and 5 touchdowns. After leading the team in receptions and reception yards, Sterling was named Northeast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year and was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the nation's top freshman in FCS. During his sophomore campaign, Sterling recorded 33 receptions, 386 yards, and 5 touchdowns while playing in all ten games. His 33 catches were third on the team and the 386 yards were second. In his junior year, Sterling played in all 12 of his games where he recorded 57 catches, 647 yards, and 6 touchdowns which were all team leads. The following year, Sterling had his best season. He again led the team in the three major categories where he managed to get 55 receptions, 905 yards, and 6 touchdowns.
Sterling was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round with the 220th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was waived on September 4, 2015 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster on October 20, 2015.
In 2016, Sterling converted to tight end. He played in 10 games with one start during the 2016 season, recording 12 catches for 110 yards.
On September 3, 2017, Sterling was waived by the Jaguars.
On September 6, 2017, Sterling was signed by the New York Jets.