O’Neil’s Journey in NFL with BiPolar Disorder

as reported with Herald-Tribune on April 9, 2018

Keith O'Neil

Keith O’Neil hadn’t slept in four nights when he walked into the office of Indianapolis head football coach Tony Dungy. Just acquired off waivers, O’Neil opened up to Dungy about his insomnia and issues with anxiety.

The former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach gathered the Colts’ team doctor and trainer, along with O’Neil and his wife, Jill, around a conference table. The four-year starter at linebacker for Northern Arizona University eventually was prescribed medicine for his insomnia and anxiety.

“Somehow I got through it and came back and started playing the best football of my life,” the 37-year-old said.

But the root cause remained undiagnosed.

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