Dec. 23, 1999
Berkeley - Deltha O'Neal continued to add to his long list of post-season honors as he was named today as the winner of the Pop Warner Award, given to the top senior football player on the West Coast. The award is voted on by West Coast collegiate football coaches and is sponsored by the Palo Club.
O'Neal was previously named as the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and the Mosi Tatupu National Special Teams Player of the Year. He also earned consensus All-America honors after leading the nation with nine interceptions and setting a new NCAA record by returning four interceptions for touchdowns in 1999.
O'Neal becomes only the fifth Cal player to ever win that award, and the first since Ron Rivera in 1883. Other Cal winners have been Chuck Muncie in 1975, Craig Morton in 1964 and Joe Kapp in 1958. Last year, Cade McNown of UCLA won the award.
The Cal senior will be honored at the Palo Club Million Dollar Banquet scheduled for Tuesday, February 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for the function by calling Adrian Cibilich at 408-248-3721.