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Deltha O'Neal
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O'Neal in 2006 with the Cincinnati Bengals
No. 24, 21     
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-01-30) January 30, 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth: Palo Alto, California
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2000 2003)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1999)
Total tackles     388
Forced fumbles     3
Fumble recoveries     4
Interceptions     34
Total return yards     2,644
Total touchdowns     6
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Deltha Lee O'Neal, III (born January 30, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 15th pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots of the NFL. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

Early yearsEdit

O'Neal was born in Palo Alto, California. He is a 1995 graduate of Milpitas High School in Milpitas, California, where he was a running back, cornerback, and kick returner for the Milpitas high school football team. In track & field, he was a state-qualifier in the 100 and 200-meters, with personal-bests of 10.75 in the 100 and 21.66 in the 200. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m (41.65s) relay squad.

College careerEdit

He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and played for the California Golden Bears football team. In his senior year with the Golden Bears, O'Neal set the NCAA single-season record of four interceptions returned for touchdowns and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. He graduated from California with a degree in social welfare in 2000.

Professional careerEdit

Denver BroncosEdit

Originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Due to O'Neal's speed, former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan briefly flirted with converting O'Neal to wide receiver in mid-2003. O'Neal had two receptions, for four yards, in two games. O'Neal was also used frequently to return punts and kickoffs on special teams. While with the Broncos, O'Neal tied the record for most interceptions in a game with four.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

In April 2004, an unhappy O'Neal and the Broncos' 24th (first round) and 117th (fourth round) spots in the 2004 NFL draft were traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Cincinnati's 17th spot in the first round.

In the 2005 season, O'Neal recorded ten interceptions, breaking the franchise record of nine, set by Ken Riley in 1976 and equalling Ty Law as the NFL's interception leader that year. He broke the record on December 18, 2005, against the Detroit Lions.

In early December 2006, O'Neal was arrested on DWI charges.[1] In the 2007 season, O'Neal recorded 52 tackles and one interception.

O'Neal was released by the Bengals on August 30, 2008.

New England PatriotsEdit

On September 1, 2008, O'Neal was signed by the New England Patriots.

Houston TexansEdit

O'Neal signed with the Houston Texans on August 6, 2009 following an injury to cornerback Jacques Reeves. He was released on September 5, 2009.

Legal issuesEdit

In 2006, O'Neal was arrested after he was pulled over for driving while intoxicated during a traffic stop. He was one of 9 Bengals players arrested during the 2006 offseason and regular season.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2000 DEN 16 2 2 0 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2001 DEN 16 69 62 7 0.0 0 0 0 9 115 13 42 0 25
2002 DEN 16 69 59 10 0.0 0 0 0 5 70 14 28 2 9
2003 DEN 13 23 20 3 0.0 0 0 0 1 6 6 6 0 2
2004 CIN 12 39 34 5 1.0 1 0 0 4 60 15 31 1 15
2005 CIN 15 65 56 9 0.0 0 1 0 10 103 10 37 0 18
2006 CIN 12 37 30 7 0.0 0 1 0 1 42 42 42 0 9
2007 CIN 16 52 48 4 0.0 1 1 0 1 7 7 7 0 9
2008 NE 16 32 30 2 0.0 0 0 0 3 49 16 47 0 8
Career 132 388 341 47 1.0 3 4 0 34 452 13 47 3 98
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ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Template:NFL season interception leaders

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