Shaquille O’neal was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 6, 1972. Standing at 7’1″, and weighing 325 pounds, O’neal was very dominant in the NBA. He was awarded “College Player of the Year” in 1991, while he attended Louisiana State University. O’neal was soon drafted 1st overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He played for six teams for 19 seasons, and was recently announced as a nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on December 21, 2015.
Known by many nicknames, Shaq currently works as an analyst on the television program, Inside the NBA. Shaq’s accomplishments on and off the court are as large as he is. He has found success in acting, music, television, and business. Shaq has 4 rap albums, including his first album Shaq Diesel, which went platinum. He has appeared in many shows, and movies like Grown Ups 2. O’neal has also been a national spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the past 15 years, having donated $1 million in 1999 to help build technology centers.
Perhaps another passion he has besides basketball is his love for education. Shaq has a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree, and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2005. He later was awarded his doctorate degree at Barry University in 2005. During an interview with ABC he stated, “Only the children can call me Shaq, the adults have to address me as Dr. O’Neal”.
O’neal has also been a national spokesman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for the past 15 years, having donated $1 million in 1999 to help build technology centers. O’neal has been a great entertainer and inspiration for many children all around the world.