Ryan McNeil (American football)
|Date of birth:||October 4, 1970|
|Place of birth:||Fort Pierce, Florida|
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Westwood High School|
Fort Pierce, Florida
|College:||University of Miami|
|NFL draft:||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
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.
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.
The Detroit Lions traded up in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft to select McNeil. He became a starter at left cornerback in his second season. In 1995, he recorded 86 tackles and 2 interceptions. 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. At the end of the year he led the NFL in interceptions with nine and also had 78 tackles. The next year his statistics dropped to one interception and 54 tackles.
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. 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. 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.
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.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- OT Magazine Company Profile
- Football Pro Ryan McNeil to Launch OverTime Magazine