JONESBORO (1/25/08) – Ron O’Neil, former head athletic trainer of the NFL’s New England Patriots, will visit the Arkansas State University campus Monday, January 28, for a presentation to the ASU Athletic Training Club and Athletic Training staff.


O’Neil will be the featured speaker when the ASU Training Club and Athletic Training staff meet in room 327 of the HPESS building Monday night from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The meeting is open to the media and O’Neil will be available for individual interviews at 8:00 p.m.


O’Neil is also scheduled to appear on the Game Face Radio Show (KNEA 970 AM) Tuesday, January 29, between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., along with ASU Head Athletic Trainer Ron Carroll.


“I’m thrilled that he (O’Neil) is coming to visit with the Athletic Training Club and our staff,” said Carroll.  “To have an athletic trainer of his stature coming to Jonesboro is very exciting.”


O’Neil is currently leading the Educational and Research and Development efforts in the sports medicine market for Andover Coated Products, Inc., which has manufactured an array of quality tapes and bandages for the sports medicine industry for over 25 years.


A graduate of Ball State University, O’Neil had been a certified athletic trainer for 32 y ears and was presented the NATA 25 Year Award in 1996.  He began his career as assistant athletic trainer at Northwestern University, where he served four years before moving to the NFL.


O’Neil has worked in the NFL for 29 years, including 11 with the Philadelphia Eagles as an assistant athletic trainer and 18 with the Patriots as their head athletic trainer.  During his NFL career, he served on the PFATS Executive Committee and was presented with the 1997 NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award.


O’Neil was inducted into the Ball State University Athletic Training Wall of Fame in 2000 and has experienced four NFL Super Bowls and one World Championship.