Shaquille Rashaun O`Neal (born March 6, 1972), nicknamed "Shaq", is an American professional basketball player, rapper, actor, reserve police officer and a U.S. Deputy Marshal. He is widely perceived as one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA. Standing at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) and weighing 325 pounds (147 kg; 23.2 st), he is one of the largest players to ever play in the NBA. Throughout his 17 year career, O`Neal has used his size and strength to overpower opponents for points and rebounds. Following a standout career at Louisiana State University, O`Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft. He quickly became one of the top centers in the league, winning Rookie of the year in 1992-93 and later leading his team to the 1995 NBA Finals. After 4 years with the Magic, O`Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three consecutive championships, playing alongside Kobe Bryant, in 2000, 2001, and 2002. However O`Neal`s relationship with Bryant eventually went downhill, leading to his trade to the Miami Heat in 2004. He won his fourth NBA championship in 2006, but was traded midway through the season just a year later to the Phoenix Suns. After a season-and-a-half with the Suns, O`Neal was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is playing along side LeBron James in the 2009-10 season. O`Neal`s individual accolades include the 1999-00 MVP award, the 1992–93 NBA Rookie of the Year award, 15 All-Star game selections, 3 All-Star Game MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, 2 scoring titles, 14 All-NBA team selections, and 3 NBA All-Defensive Team selections. He currently ranks 5th all-time in points scored, 6th in field goals, 15th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks. In addition to his basketball career, O`Neal has released 4 rap albums, with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has also appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq`s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs.
Full Name at Birth
Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal
The Big Aristotle
The Big Agave
Date of Birth
Retired Basketball Player, Author, Rapper, Actor
6 November 1992
Orlando Magic, 1st round (1st pick, 1st overall), 1992 NBA Draft
Claim to Fame
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (LA)
Celebrity Talent International
(2000) TV commercial: freeinternet.com
(1995) TV commercial: Pepsi-Cola
(1997) TV commercial: Taco Bell ("TNS")
(1997) TV commercial: Pepsi-Cola (with Michael J. Fox).
(2000-01) Print ads: Digex
(2001) TV commercial: Nestle's Crunch
(2002) TV commercial: Burger King
(2002) TV commercial: Radio Shack electronic stores.
(2001) Print ad: Nestle's Crunch chocolate bar
(1996) TV commercial: Allsport drinks
(1992) TV commercial: Reebok
(2003) TV commercial: Icy-Hot pain reliever.
(2003-04) Print ads: Icy Hot pain relief Back Patch
(2004) TV commercial: Nestle's Crunch
(2002) Print ad: Burger King
(2004-05) Print ads: Chattem Inc. Icy-Hot Medicated Sleeve
(2006-08) Print ads: Chattem Inc.'s Icy-Hot Pro-Therapy Support & Pain Relief System.
(2007) Print ads: Mighty Milk and Muscle Milk Nutritional supplement drinks
(April 2009) Public Service Announcement (PSA) TV commercial for Childhelp, directed by Casper Van Dien.
(2009) TV commercial: Comcast Cable Internet, with Ben Stein.
(2012) TV commercial: Buick Lacrosse automobile.
(2013) TV commercial: "Gold Bond" men's lotion.
(2013-14) Print ads for Gold Bond Powder in new "No Mess Powder Spray" form.
(2013) TV commercial, "Shaq - 1, pain - 0" for Icy Hot pain reliever.
(May 2014) TV commercial "A Little Shake, A Little Tingle" for Gold Bond Medicated Powder.
(May 2014) TV commercial "Turn On Smart Relief and Turn Off Pain" for the new Smart Relief (electronic) Tens Therapy from IcyHot.
(2014) Monster Superstar Bluetooth speaker.