Ed O'Neil

For persons of the same or similar names, see Edward O'Neill (disambiguation).
Ed O'Neil
No. 55, 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-09-08) September 8, 1952
Place of birth: Warren, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As player:
As coach:
He is now a substitute teacher at Niagara Wheatfeild High School
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Edward William O'Neil (born September 8, 1952) is an American football coach and former professional linebacker, who played seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL).

High school and college

O'Neil was named a high school All-American while attending Warren Area High School in Warren, Pennsylvania. From 1970-1973, he played linebacker for coaching legend Joe Paterno at Penn State. A three-year letterman, he was team captain of the Nittany Lions' undefeated 1973 team and was named an All-American that same season.

O'Neil earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University in 1974. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Professional career

O'Neil was a first round draft pick, 8th overall, by the Detroit Lions in the 1974 NFL Draft. He played linebacker for the Lions from 1974-1979 and the Green Bay Packers in 1980.

Coaching career

He was the defensive coordinator for Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was hired March 2, 2007 to replace former coordinator Rod Rust, who now serves as a defensive consultant. Prior to coaching in the CFL, O'Neil spent three seasons as defensive coordinator for NFL Europe's Frankfurt Galaxy (2004-2006). He also coached for the Rhein Fire in 2002 and 2003.

It was as linebackers and special teams coach at Rutgers (1984-1994) that O'Neil first worked for future Frankfurt head coach Dick Curl. From 1996 to 1998, O'Neil was defensive coordinator for the University at Buffalo. He was also on the staff of Eastern Michigan University, followed by a year in Indiana University during 1983.

In 2010, O'Neil became an assistant coach for the Niagara-Wheatfield High School Falcons football team in Niagara County, New York.

In 2012,O'Neil was the head coach of North Tonawanda High School's Junior Varsity team.

Now, he is the assistant defensive coordinator of the North Tonawanda High School's Varsity Team.

Personal life

O'Neil lives in Pendleton, New York with his wife, Nancy. His eldest son, Kevin O'Neil, played linebacker at Syracuse University. Son Keith, played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts. His son-in law, Drew Haddad, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers after setting several records for receiving at the University at Buffalo.

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