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November 11, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leslie O'Neal is confident enough in his own abilities to say: "I feel there is no one better than me." Specifically, O'Neal is talking about the NFL. More specifically he is talking about the outside linebacker position the Chargers shifted him to this year. Before that he was a defensive end. The change in nomenclature is deceiving. Essentially O'Neal is a pass rusher. And he is wise enough to qualify his contention that nobody does it better.
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January 11, 1995 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When San Diego defensive end Leslie O'Neal had a message for his teammates, he did not send it only to them. Two days before the Chargers' AFC playoff game against Miami, he went on national television and criticized some of them, along with the team's management, for what he considered their lack of commitment to reach the Super Bowl. While some quietly questioned the timing of his complaint, they heard what he was saying: The Chargers should not be content merely to play in the postseason.
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July 26, 1986 | United Press International
The San Diego Chargers announced Friday they had signed first-round draft choice James FitzPatrick and had come to terms with Lionel James, the league's leader in all-purpose yardage last season. FitzPatrick, a 6-7, 295-pound tackle from the USC, was the Chargers' second choice in the first round this year and was the 14th player taken in the draft. The Chargers' other first-round pick, Oklahoma State defensive end Leslie O'Neal, remains unsigned.
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December 1, 1990 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago this week Leslie O'Neal was on his back in the Hoosier Dome, clutching the wreckage of what had been a healthy knee. He was playing in the first quarter of his 13th professional football game, and as difficult as it was supposed to be for a rookie, Leslie O'Neal already had compiled 12 1/2 career sacks. Four years ago this week there was greatness in the making. Now there's a what might have been had he not been hurt.
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January 11, 1995 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When San Diego defensive end Leslie O'Neal had a message for his teammates, he did not send it only to them. Two days before the Chargers' AFC playoff game against Miami, he went on national television and criticized some of them, along with the team's management, for what he considered their lack of commitment to reach the Super Bowl. While some quietly questioned the timing of his complaint, they heard what he was saying: The Chargers should not be content merely to play in the postseason.
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September 7, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
The best passing show in football. A legacy of classic games. The anticipation of a return to playoff contention. These are a few of the elements that should make today's season opener between the Chargers and the Miami Dolphins a treat for both participants and audience. Quarterbacks Dan Fouts of the Chargers and Dan Marino of the Dolphins hold--or eventually will hold--virtually every passing record in the archives. They represent the state of the art in the passing game.
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August 21, 1990 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Linebacker Leslie O'Neal's presence Monday afternoon at Chargers training camp made a believer out of Coach Dan Henning. O'Neal ended his holdout and signed a two-year contract to become the 78th player to sign with the Chargers. Only Junior Seau, San Diego's first-round draft pick, remains unsigned. But in the morning, when O'Neal was expected at practice and proved to be a no-show, Henning explained his absence as a supernatural experience.
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November 25, 1988 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
Once the Chargers had gotten over the shock and disappointment of the 6-game losing streak that crash-landed their 1987 season, their eyes opened wide to the grim reality: Their defense hadn't been able to stop a loose hot dog wrapper during all those beatings. And it didn't promise to get any better in 1988. The front office addressed those needs by selecting offensive players with the first two picks of last spring's draft.
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December 3, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
In a football sense, Tuesday was a day of mourning for Lee Williams. His friend and colleague, Leslie O'Neal, was scheduled for knee surgery that would likely put him out of football for at least a year. The surgery was delayed, but that did nothing to brighten Williams' mood. "It's such a sad thing," Williams said. "Leslie had everything in front of him. To be so dominant at this stage of his career, the sky was the limit for him."
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December 1, 1990 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four years ago this week Leslie O'Neal was on his back in the Hoosier Dome, clutching the wreckage of what had been a healthy knee. He was playing in the first quarter of his 13th professional football game, and as difficult as it was supposed to be for a rookie, Leslie O'Neal already had compiled 12 1/2 career sacks. Four years ago this week there was greatness in the making. Now there's a what might have been had he not been hurt.
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August 21, 1990 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Linebacker Leslie O'Neal's presence Monday afternoon at Chargers training camp made a believer out of Coach Dan Henning. O'Neal ended his holdout and signed a two-year contract to become the 78th player to sign with the Chargers. Only Junior Seau, San Diego's first-round draft pick, remains unsigned. But in the morning, when O'Neal was expected at practice and proved to be a no-show, Henning explained his absence as a supernatural experience.
SPORTS
November 11, 1989 | BRIAN HEWITT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leslie O'Neal is confident enough in his own abilities to say: "I feel there is no one better than me." Specifically, O'Neal is talking about the NFL. More specifically he is talking about the outside linebacker position the Chargers shifted him to this year. Before that he was a defensive end. The change in nomenclature is deceiving. Essentially O'Neal is a pass rusher. And he is wise enough to qualify his contention that nobody does it better.
SPORTS
November 25, 1988 | BRIAN HEWITT, Times Staff Writer
Once the Chargers had gotten over the shock and disappointment of the 6-game losing streak that crash-landed their 1987 season, their eyes opened wide to the grim reality: Their defense hadn't been able to stop a loose hot dog wrapper during all those beatings. And it didn't promise to get any better in 1988. The front office addressed those needs by selecting offensive players with the first two picks of last spring's draft.
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December 3, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
In a football sense, Tuesday was a day of mourning for Lee Williams. His friend and colleague, Leslie O'Neal, was scheduled for knee surgery that would likely put him out of football for at least a year. The surgery was delayed, but that did nothing to brighten Williams' mood. "It's such a sad thing," Williams said. "Leslie had everything in front of him. To be so dominant at this stage of his career, the sky was the limit for him."
SPORTS
September 7, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
The best passing show in football. A legacy of classic games. The anticipation of a return to playoff contention. These are a few of the elements that should make today's season opener between the Chargers and the Miami Dolphins a treat for both participants and audience. Quarterbacks Dan Fouts of the Chargers and Dan Marino of the Dolphins hold--or eventually will hold--virtually every passing record in the archives. They represent the state of the art in the passing game.
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July 26, 1986 | United Press International
The San Diego Chargers announced Friday they had signed first-round draft choice James FitzPatrick and had come to terms with Lionel James, the league's leader in all-purpose yardage last season. FitzPatrick, a 6-7, 295-pound tackle from the USC, was the Chargers' second choice in the first round this year and was the 14th player taken in the draft. The Chargers' other first-round pick, Oklahoma State defensive end Leslie O'Neal, remains unsigned.
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December 2, 1986
San Diego Chargers defensive end Leslie O'Neal is scheduled for surgery today to repair torn knee ligaments, an injury that threatens to keep him out of action until late next year.
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