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Leslie O'Neal

Defensive Tackle

Leslie Claudis O'Neal

Inducted 2020

Date of Birth



Little Rock, AR


Oklahoma State University (1982-1985)


An anchor on Oklahoma State’s defense, Leslie O’Neal dominated the Big Eight during his collegiate career. The two-time First-Team All-America selection becomes the fourth player in school history to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. O’Neal led the Cowboys to three consecutive bowl games, including victories in the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl and 1984 Gator Bowl. During the Gator Bowl he racked up 12 tackles in the victory over South Carolina, helping Oklahoma State finish 10-2 with a No. 7 national ranking. O’Neal was named 1984 Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and all-conference three times. The eighth overall selection in the 1986 NFL Draft, O’Neal played for 14 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (1986-1995), St. Louis Rams (1996-1997) and Kansas City Chiefs (1998-1999). In 1986, O’Neal won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was a six-time Pro Bowler during his career. He is also a member of the Chargers Hall of Fame, and still holds the franchise’s all-time sack record with 105.5.


Height 6'4"

Weight 245

Career Highlights

  • 1985 All-Conference
  • 1985 Unanimous All-America
  • 1984 All-Conference
  • 1984 Conference MVP
  • 1984 First-Team All-America
  • 1983 All-Conference
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