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Neil Parry

Neil is an inspiration to hundreds of kids, football fans and disabled athletes. He has been public speaking since the day he was injured. There was recently an NFL films story done on him. During his 45 minute talk, he also shows a clip of his injury and

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Neil Parry Biography

Neil Parry is a professional storyteller. That wasn't his life's ambition growing up. But losing part of his right leg playing football at San Jose State sent his future in a different direction.

Parry, 25, wants his story to provide motivation for others. Many times, he gets paid by civic groups, schools, churches and businesses to share his experience. On the weekends, he travels with San Jose State as the color analyst for the team's radio broadcast.

"He's very opinionated, and he'll jump on the officials," said San Jose play-by-play voice Mike Chisholm, who was in the booth when Parry's injury occurred. "He's very good and understands the game well. It's fun working with him."

But all Parry is doing is buying a little time before he pursues his true dream – coaching college football.

 

San Jose State

Neil Parry (right) has been working with Mike Chisholm as a color analyst on San Jose State football broadcasts. "I'm going to go back to school, get my master's [degree] and start as an assistant," Parry said. "I've talked about coaching with my brother. That's what I'd like to do."

Parry's brother, Josh, should be in the lineup at fullback when the Eagles take on the Cowboys tonight on Monday Night Football. And he's a large part of Neil's story.

Neil travels around and repeats the familiar refrains of his life-altering moment. He's charging down the field on kickoff coverage against UT-El Paso in 2000, his sophomore season, when an awkward collision abruptly snaps his right leg.

"I knew it was broken," Parry said. "I felt it, heard it and saw it. I knew I was out the rest of the season. I was mad because we were going to play in a bowl game and I was going to miss it."

Chisholm knew it was broken, too. He told listeners, even before he knew who was injured, that "whoever it is has a broken leg."

Most football injury stories end there. Parry gets a cast, misses the season and returns to the field in 2001. But the bone managed to poke out of the skin and an infection quickly spread. The doctor came in to Parry's hospital room and explained the options. They could sever the nerve and keep the foot, but Parry wouldn't be able to even feel that the foot was there. He figured amputating the leg about eight inches below his knee would give him the chance to walk and maybe even run again. File 2001 / AP

A fracture sustained in a 2000 game resulted in the amputation of Parry's leg. That didn't prevent him from rehabilitating and returning to play for the Spartans in 2003. "I was watching a game on TV and asked if I'd be able to run again," Parry said.

No one knew for sure, but Parry figured once he could run, he could play football again.

Josh wasn't so sure. Neil says he constantly talks about his brother in his speeches. The two always wanted to play football together. It was the reason Neil followed Josh to San Jose State.

"After they told me and the family that my knee was amputated, he said that he was done playing," Neil said. "He felt like a game shouldn't do this to somebody, especially his little brother."

But Neil told his brother he didn't want an injury to end two careers and that Josh had to play for the both of them. So Josh played while Neil rehabilitated.

Neil returned in 2003 at home against Nevada and played on the kickoff coverage. He played seven more regular-season games and the East-West Shrine Game. But it was running on the field for Senior Day with his family in attendance that motivated Neil to play again.

Josh went on to the NFL while Neil went to the broadcast booth after graduating in 2004 with a degree in public relations. Neil admits that you can't tell he's an amputee by watching him walk, because the operation was below the knee. He has several different prosthetic feet that he uses for hiking, walking, running and other activities. I can do a lot of things, and I'm thankful for that," Parry said.

More people may hear his story. He said he's started the process of turning his story into a movie.

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Neil Parry Biography

Neil Parry is a professional storyteller. That wasn't his life's ambition growing up. But losing part of his right leg playing football at San Jose State sent his future in a different direction.

Parry, 25, wants his story to provide motivation for others. Many times, he gets paid by civic groups, schools, churches and businesses to share his experience. On the weekends, he travels with San Jose State as the color analyst for the team's radio broadcast.

"He's very opinionated, and he'll jump on the officials," said San Jose play-by-play voice Mike Chisholm, who was in the booth when Parry's injury occurred. "He's very good and understands the game well. It's fun working with him."

But all Parry is doing is buying a little time before he pursues his true dream – coaching college football.

 

San Jose State

Neil Parry (right) has been working with Mike Chisholm as a color analyst on San Jose State football broadcasts. "I'm going to go back to school, get my master's [degree] and start as an assistant," Parry said. "I've talked about coaching with my brother. That's what I'd like to do."

Parry's brother, Josh, should be in the lineup at fullback when the Eagles take on the Cowboys tonight on Monday Night Football. And he's a large part of Neil's story.

Neil travels around and repeats the familiar refrains of his life-altering moment. He's charging down the field on kickoff coverage against UT-El Paso in 2000, his sophomore season, when an awkward collision abruptly snaps his right leg.

"I knew it was broken," Parry said. "I felt it, heard it and saw it. I knew I was out the rest of the season. I was mad because we were going to play in a bowl game and I was going to miss it."

Chisholm knew it was broken, too. He told listeners, even before he knew who was injured, that "whoever it is has a broken leg."

Most football injury stories end there. Parry gets a cast, misses the season and returns to the field in 2001. But the bone managed to poke out of the skin and an infection quickly spread. The doctor came in to Parry's hospital room and explained the options. They could sever the nerve and keep the foot, but Parry wouldn't be able to even feel that the foot was there. He figured amputating the leg about eight inches below his knee would give him the chance to walk and maybe even run again. File 2001 / AP

A fracture sustained in a 2000 game resulted in the amputation of Parry's leg. That didn't prevent him from rehabilitating and returning to play for the Spartans in 2003. "I was watching a game on TV and asked if I'd be able to run again," Parry said.

No one knew for sure, but Parry figured once he could run, he could play football again.

Josh wasn't so sure. Neil says he constantly talks about his brother in his speeches. The two always wanted to play football together. It was the reason Neil followed Josh to San Jose State.

"After they told me and the family that my knee was amputated, he said that he was done playing," Neil said. "He felt like a game shouldn't do this to somebody, especially his little brother."

But Neil told his brother he didn't want an injury to end two careers and that Josh had to play for the both of them. So Josh played while Neil rehabilitated.

Neil returned in 2003 at home against Nevada and played on the kickoff coverage. He played seven more regular-season games and the East-West Shrine Game. But it was running on the field for Senior Day with his family in attendance that motivated Neil to play again.

Josh went on to the NFL while Neil went to the broadcast booth after graduating in 2004 with a degree in public relations. Neil admits that you can't tell he's an amputee by watching him walk, because the operation was below the knee. He has several different prosthetic feet that he uses for hiking, walking, running and other activities. I can do a lot of things, and I'm thankful for that," Parry said.

More people may hear his story. He said he's started the process of turning his story into a movie.

FAQs on booking Neil Parry

  • How to book Neil Parry?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Neil Parry for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Neil Parry, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Neil Parry or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Neil Parry?

    Booking fees for Neil Parry, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Neil Parry, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Neil Parry?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Neil Parry for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Neil Parry for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Neil Parry or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Neil Parry or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Neil Parry is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Neil Parry for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Neil Parry generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brandon Allen, Philip Rivers, Jameis Winston, Matt Birk and Jordan Fliegel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Neil Parry for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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