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Orenthal O'Neal (born September 8, 1983, in Stuttgart, Arkansas) is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Oren O'Neal
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Personal information
Born: (1983-09-08) September 8, 1983 (age 35)
Stuttgart, Arkansas
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Stuttgart (AR)
College:Arkansas State
NFL Draft:2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 175
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High school yearsEdit

O'Neal attended Stuttgart High School in Stuttgart, Arkansas and was considered a hard-working student. He was a letterman in track and field athletics and football, including a two-time All-Conference selection for football where his primary position was offensive lineman.

College careerEdit

O'Neal played collegiately at Arkansas State University for six years. After joining Arkansas State in 2001 as a walk-on, O'Neal was diagnosed with chylothorax and subsequently had part of his lung removed. He returned to the football team in 2002 and worked on getting stronger. Before the 2003 season, O'Neal earned a scholarship and was later granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. His story was told in 2006 by CBS Sportsline when he was chosen as "National Walk-on of the Year". In that article, he told of sleeping on friends' floors and doing anything else necessary to get by as a walk-on with very little money or resources.

NFL careerEdit

O'Neal was drafted by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was named the rookie of the year by then Raider's coach Lane Kiffin. He worked his way up the roster both on offense and special teams and played 14 games in 2007, recording one rushing attempt for one yard. O'Neal suffered a knee injury, which was initially thought to be possibly career-threatening, and was placed on injured reserve for the 2008 season on August 25. He was cut by the Raiders in April 2010.[1]


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