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WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil Fights Back Against Bullies 

WWE star Titus O'Neil grew up as Thaddeus Bullard, a poor but talented kid from a single family household in Live Oak, Florida.

WWE star Titus O’Neil grew up as Thaddeus Bullard, a poor but talented kid from a single family household in Live Oak, Florida.  He attended Suwannee High School and was recognized by USA Today and Parade magazine as a high school football All-American as a senior in 1995.

He accepted a scholarship to SEC power University of Florida and was part of two National Championship Gator squads during the Tim Tebow-Steve Spurrier reign.

After college, Bullard played briefly in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and in the Arena Football League from 2003 to 2007 with the Utah Blaze, Tampa Bay Storm, Las Vegas Gladiators and the Carolina Cobras.

In 2009 he changed life courses and started wrestling. By 2012, he was  a star on NXT and went by the moniker of Titus O’Neil, one half of The Prime Time Players Tag Team, rising studs on the SmackDown roster.


In 2015, he and his partner Darren Young became WWE Tag Team champs.


ONeils life has had its ups and downs from his impoverished childhood to the death of his newborn daughter to the knee injury that killed his NFL dreams. However, hes always had the intelligence, social skills and drive to redirect his ambition and make something out of nothing.

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Thats a huge reason why Titus ONeil, a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, has reunited with The Boys & Girls Club of America on an anti-bullying campaign. The Shadow League interviewed the WWE star about his career and his efforts to help stop the misguided epidemic. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.