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Ed O'Neil
Toronto Argonauts
Date of birth: September 8, 1952 (1952-09-08) (age 57)
Place of birth: Warren, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Drafted by: Detroit Lions
 As coach:




Frankfurt Galaxy
(Linebackers Coach)
Rhein Fire
(Defensive Line/Special Teams Coach)
Frankfurt Galaxy
(Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
(Defensive Coordinator)
Toronto Argonauts
(Linebackers Coach)
 As player:
Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers
Playing stats at

Edward William O'Neil (born September 8, 1952) is a Canadian football coach and former professional linebacker, who played seven seasons in the National Football League. He is currently the linebackers coach for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.


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.

National Football League

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

O'Neil was most recently 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.


O'Neil lives in Pendleton, New York with his wife, Nancy. His eldest son, Kevin O'Neil, played linebacker at Syracuse University. Son Keith, plays in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants). His son-in law, Drew Haddad, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers after rewriting the record book for receiving as one of the Buffalo Bulls at the University at Buffalo.

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