Cincinnati defensive back Deltha O'Neal celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals won, 58-48, in the second highest scoring game in league history. Photo by AP Photo

24 Deltha O’Neal Days Until the NFL Draft

With 24 days until the NFL Draft, here is a list of every Bengal that wore the #24 jersey:

 

NAME                              YEARS
Tommie Smith……………..1969
Ernie Kellermann………….1972
Marvin Cobb………………..1975-79
Clarence Chapman………1980-81
Sean Thomas………………1985
Lewis Billups………………..1986-91
Alan Grant…………………..1993
Roger Jones………………..1994-96
Ric Mathias………………….1998-99
Sirr Parker…………………..2000
Lamont Thompson……….2002
Deltha O’Neal………………2004-07
Geoffrey Pope……………..2008-09
Adam Jones ………………..2010-11

 

Deltha O’Neal was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 15th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. On October 7th, 2001, he recorded 4 interceptions in a game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, which is still tied for the most-ever in a single game. He made the Pro Bowl and All-Pro in 2001, and eventually made his way to Cincinnati in ’04.

In the ’05 season, O’Neal recorded 10 interceptions, breaking the franchise record of nine set by Ken Riley in 1976. He also tied Ty Law as the NFL’s interception leader that year(10) while being named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro Team.

O’Neal finished his nine-year career with 34 interceptions, 65 pass defenses, two Pro Bowl appearances, and was twice selected to the NFL All-Pro team.

 

 

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