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Ryan McNeil (American football)

Ryan McNeil
No. 47
Cornerback, safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-10-04) October 4, 1970
Place of birth: Fort Pierce, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Westwood High School
Fort Pierce, Florida
College: University of Miami
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 1993 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 2003 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2003
Games played 161
Games started 136
Tackles 696
Interceptions 31
Fumbles recovered 14
Stats at
Stats at
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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 selected McNeil in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft,[3] and he played for the Lions from 1993 to 1996.[4] During his career he also played for the St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos between 1997 and 2003.[1] In 1997 while with the Rams, he led the NFL in interceptions with nine.[4] He was selected for the Pro Bowl while with the Chargers in 2001.[4]

Life after football

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.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  2. ^, Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  3. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1993 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c, Players, Ryan McNeil. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  5. ^ OT Magazine Company Profile
  6. ^ Football Pro Ryan McNeil to Launch OverTime Magazine
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