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Omar Bolden (born December 20, 1988) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Arizona State University and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Omar Bolden
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Bolden with the Denver Broncos in 2012
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1988-12-20) December 20, 1988 (age 30)
Ontario, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Colony (Ontario, California)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:51
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:1
Total return yards:1,208
Player stats at


High school careerEdit

Bolden attended Colony High School in Ontario, California, where he starred at running back and defensive back. As a senior, he ran for 2,003 yards (143.1 yards per game) and 26 touchdowns and amassed over 2,500 all-purpose yards. On defense, he totaled 80 tackles, two blocked punts and one interception. Bolden was named CIF Central Division Most Valuable Player and the Inland Valley Player of the Year after leading Colony to its first CIF title in 2006.

Bolden was first brought up to Varsity as a Freshman against Ontario High School to play running back. This game was played at Chaparral high school due to a massive fire that prevented any local games from being played. His first two carries of his high school career resulted in fumbles.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Bolden was listed as the No. 7 all-purpose back recruit in the nation.[1] He ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the 2006 Los Angeles Combine, the fastest by any player at the camp and the fourth-fastest among participants at′s 13 nationwide high school combines throughout the year.

Bolden chose Arizona State over Southern California and received several other offers, from schools including Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon State and Washington.

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2007, Bolden played in all 13 games, making nine starts for the Sun Devils. He recorded 33 tackles (24 solo), six pass break-ups, and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, on the season. He earned First Team Freshman All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America, as well as Second Team Freshman All-American honors by and College Football News.[2]

In his sophomore season, Bolden started all 12 games at cornerback and finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles (37 solo). He totaled seven pass break-ups and two interceptions on the season. Bolden received Honorable Mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News that year.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Denver BroncosEdit

Bolden was considered one of the top cornerback prospects of his class.[4] He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round with the 101st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

On November 8, 2015, Bolden returned a punt for a touchdown, but the Broncos lost 27–24 to the Indianapolis Colts. On February 7, 2016, Bolden was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[5] Bolden did not play in the game because he was on injured reserve.

As of 2017's NFL offseason, Bolden holds at least two Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Yds/KR: season (33.0 in 2014)
  • Yds/PR: season (24.6 in 2015)

Chicago BearsEdit

Bolden signed with the Chicago Bears on March 31, 2016 and was cut one week before training camp on July 22, 2016.[6]


  1. ^ all-purpose backs 2007, January 23, 2007
  2. ^ Cirminiello, Richard (December 5, 2007). "2007 CFN Freshman All-America 2nd & 3rd Team".
  3. ^ Cirminiello, Richard (December 11, 2008). "2008 CFN All-Sophomore Second & HM Teams".
  4. ^ 2011 CB Draft Prospects,, August 4, 2009
  5. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Bears ink Omar Bolden to 1-year deal

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