Veal is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee. Veal made his MMA debut at Ring of Fire 43: Bad Blood against former WWE wrestler Chad Wicks. Leandro had a huge size advantage being 6’3″ and weighing in at 240 pounds to Wicks’ 5’9″ 220 pound frame.