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93. Leslie O'Neal

Drafted 8th overall by the San Diego Chargers in 1986, Leslie O'Neal made an immediate impact in the NFL by winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year and accumulating 12.5 Sacks.  He would suffer a knee injury that would take him out of football for a year and a half, but by 1989 he was ready to come back, and he would be named to the Pro Bowl in six of his next seven seasons, with each of them seeing him obtain at least 12 Sacks.

O’Neal finished his career with St. Louis and Kansas City and would retire with 132.5 Sacks over his career.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2005
  • Position: Defensive End, Linebacker
  • Games Played: 196
  • Notable Statistics: 3 Interceptions
    27 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    21 Forced Fumbles
    16 Fumble Recoveries
    99 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    132.5 Quarterback Sacks
    767 Combined Tackles
    211 Solo Tackles*
    67 Assisted Tackles*
    8 Tackles for Loss**
    116 Approximate Value

    6 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    3 Interception Return Yards
    2.0 Quarterback Sacks
    6 Combined Tackles
    6 Solo Tackles

    *Solo Tackles and Assisted Tackles were not statistics until the 1994 Season.
    **Tackles for Loss was not a statistic until the 1999 Season.
  • Played For: Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams
  • College: Oklahoma State
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 8th Overall in 1986
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1994)
    Pro Bowl (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1995)
    AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (1986)
    UPI Defensive Rooke of the Year (1986)
    All-Rookie (1986)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Fumble Recovery Yards (1) (1997)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (1) (1986)
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (6) (1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994 & 1995)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 14. Quarterback Sacks: 132.5
    60. Forced Fumbles: 21

Should Leslie O'Neal be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 90.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 9.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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