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Ryan McNeil (American football)

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Position: Cornerback, safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-10-04) October 4, 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth: Fort Pierce, Florida
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Career information
High school: Westwood High School
Fort Pierce, Florida
College: University of Miami
NFL draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career Template:If empty statistics as of 2003
Games played: 161
Games started: 136
Tackles: 696
Interceptions: 31
Fumbles recovered: 14
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Ryan Darrell McNeil (born October 4, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Miami, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft, and also played professionally for the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Early years

McNeil was born in Fort Pierce, Florida.[1] He graduated from Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, FL.[2]

College career

McNeil accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes football team from 1989 to 1992. He was a member of the Hurricanes' national championship teams in 1989 and 1991. As a senior in 1992, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American at defensive back.

Professional career

The Detroit Lions traded up in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft to select McNeil.[3] He became a starter at left cornerback in his second season.[4] In 1995, he recorded 86 tackles and 2 interceptions.[5] The next year he had 5 interceptions.

In 1997, he was declared a free agent and chose to sign the St. Louis Rams, after an offer from the Lions was pulled after the firing of head coach Wayne Fontes.[6] At the end of the year he led the NFL in interceptions with nine and also had 78 tackles.[4] The next year his statistics dropped to one interception and 54 tackles.

With the Cleveland Browns in 1999, he registered 81 tackles and recovered four fumbles.[7]

On March 2, 2000, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys reuniting with his former University of Miami secondary coach Dave Campo. He replaced Deion Sanders at right cornerback, who was waived in a salary cap move.[8] Although the team wanted to keep him, the salary cap situation forced them to waive McNeil on February 28, 2001.

On March 3, 2001, he was signed by the San Diego Chargers.[9] In September he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month. At the end of the season he finished with 8 interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl to replace an injured Sam Madison. In 2003, he was moved to free safety during training camp and was eventually released on August 12.[10]

On November 11, 2003, he signed with the Denver Broncos to play as a nickel corner, but injuries limited him to 4 games.

Personal life

After McNeil retired from professional football, he founded the Professional Business & Financial Network, an organization designed to provide professional athletes with the fundamental tools they need to succeed in business. He is also the publisher of OT Magazine, a lifestyle magazine dedicated to helping professional athletes manage their money. His numerous business interests are managed by David Cornwell and Don West, Jr.[11][12]