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Omar Bolden

Omar Bolden

Position: Safety
Current Team: Chicago Bears
NFL Experience: 4 Years
College: Arizona State University
  • A fourth-year safety who appeared in 47-of-48 possible regular-season games (1 start) and all five postseason contests during his first three NFL seasons with the Broncos, ranking second on the club with 24 special-teams tackles during that span.
  • Posted a team-high 12 special-teams tackles for the Broncos in 2014 and returned 13 kickoffs for 429 yards with his 33.0 average ranking first among NFL players (min. 10 ret.).
  • Transitioned from cornerback to safety in 2013 and contributed 11 defensive tackles (8 solo) in 16 games played (1 start) for Denver.
  • Totaled a team-high 14 kickoff returns for 270 yards (19.3 avg.) and ranked third on the club with nine special-teams stops as a rookie in 2012.
  • Started four years for Arizona State University and totaled 138 career tackles (112 solo), seven interceptions (114 yds.) and 21 pass breakups.
  • Voted one of four unanimous first-team All-Pac-10 Conference players following his redshirt junior season in 2010 at cornerback in addition to receiving second-team all-conference recognition as a return specialist.
  • Played 29 consecutive games to begin his collegiate career, including 23 starts during that period, before suffering a mid-season injury in 2009 and being granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA.
  • Selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by Denver as a draft choice 5/18/12. 2014: Bolden played 15 regular-season games, totaling seven solo tackles on defense and a team-high 12 special-teams stops… Added 13 kickoff returns for 429 yards (33.0 avg.)… Recorded two special-teams tackles (1 solo) at Sea. (9/21)… Notched a season-high three solo tackles in the team’s 42-17 win vs. S.F. (10/19)… Made his first career special-teams fumble recovery in the third quarter at K.C. (11/30)… Recorded a career-long 77-yard kickoff return at Cin. (12/22), the longest by a Bronco since 9/29/13… Followed up his career-long return in Game 15 with a 76-yard kickoff return to start the second half vs. Oak. (12/28)… Led the team with two special-teams stops in Denver’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Ind. (1/11).

2013: Bolden appeared in all 16 regular-season games (1 start) for the second consecutive season and made the transition from cornerback to safety… Totaled a career-best 11 tackles (8 solo) and added three special-teams stops… Appeared in all three postseason games for the Broncos… Made his first career start vs. S.D. (12/12).
2012: Selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Bolden played all 16 regular-season contests as well as Denver’s playoff game during his rookie year and ranked third on the club with nine special-teams stops to go along with four defensive tackles and a pass breakup… Returned a team-high 14 kickoffs for 270 yards (19.3 avg.).

COLLEGE: Bolden was a four-year starter at Arizona State University, where he totaled 138 tackles (112 solo), seven interceptions (114 yds.) and 21 pass breakups during his collegiate career… Missed his 2011 senior campaign after suffering a knee injury during spring practices… Selected as one of four unanimous first-team All-Pac 10 Conference performers as a cornerback in 2010 in addition to receiving second-team all-conference accolades as a return specialist… Saw action in 29 straight games to begin his career with the Sun Devils before an injury midway through the 2009 season that led to a medical redshirt.

PERSONAL: Bolden attended Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., where he played running back and cornerback… Named the CIF Central Division Most Valuable Player and the Inland Valley Player of the Year following his senior campaign in which he led Colony to its first CIF title by winning the league rushing crown (2,003 yards and 26 touchdowns)… Totaled 80 tackles and one interception on defense during his final prep season… Graduated from ASU in the spring of 2011 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies (justice studies/sociology)… Created a website (www.omarbolden.com/positive-living) and designs elastic bracelets to promote the benefits of optimistic thinking through “Positive Living”… Omar Bolden was born on Dec. 20, 1988, in Ontario, Calif.

SOURCE: http://www.denverbroncos.com/team/roster/omar-bolden/4ce7c58e-fede-410f-b3cd-db510110aa2f/

ASU: Highly recruited cornerback who was a five-year member of the Sun Devil football team…a four-year starter in the Sun Devil defensive backfield…appeared in 41 games in his career, including all 25 played during his first two seasons at ASU…made 22 consecutive starts from the fifth game of his freshman season in 2007 to Sept. 19, 2009…recorded seven interceptions and 21 pass break-ups in four seasons…also had 138 career tackles (100 solo)…was named to several Freshman All-America teams in 2007…in March of 2010, was granted an additional year of eligibility for the Sun Devil football team, as his medical hardship petition was approved by the Pac-10 due to missing almost the entire 2009 season because of injury…NFL prospect who came back to finish his commitment to Sun Devil Football before suffering an injury in the spring that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season…graduated in spring 2011 with a B.I.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Justice Studies/Sociology).2011: Missed the entire season due to an injury…named a team captain…earned Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU’s offseason strength and conditioning program.

2010: Exceled in a dual role, both as a cornerback and kickoff return specialist…was one of only four unanimous selections for the 2010 All-Pacific-10 Conference First-Team as selected by the league’s coaches…also earned Midseason All-Pac-10 team…had team high seven pass breakups for the season, which also matched his career high he set in 2008…also led Sun Devil defense with three interceptions for 85 yards…collected 52 tackles, including 37 solo stops for the year…brought home Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week honors Sept. 18 vs #11 Wisconsin due in part to a 97 yard kickoff return at the end of the first quarter to give the Sun Devils their first lead of the game…earned College Football Performance Awards Football Bowl Subdivision Honorable Mention Cornerback Performer of the Week Oct. 9 by having three tackles, including two solo and a three-yard tackle for loss in the game and intercepting the Huskies’ final pass to clinch the win for ASU…Honorable Mention Defensive Back Performer of the Week Nov. 6 vs USC due to his five tackle (four solo) performance as well as a 66 yard interception return…returned 11 kickoffs for 321 yards and a 29.2 yard average…for his work as a return specialist, Bolden also was named Second-Team All-Pac-10…earned Hard Hat player recognition for his work in ASU’s offseason strength and conditioning program.

2009: Recorded an interception, a pass break-up and four tackles (two solo) in the first four games of the season before suffering injury in practice during week leading up to game at Washington St…Sat the remaining eight games of the year in order to be healthy for the 2010 season…returned a kick 89 yards for a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe, his first career kick return for a touchdown…gathered 123 yards on two kick returns…started Sept. 5 vs. Idaho St. and at Georgia Sept. 26.

2008: Started all 12 games at cornerback…finished fifth on the team with 49 tackles (37 solo)…totaled seven pass break-ups and two interceptions on the season…was an Honorable Mention Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com…had two tackles in season-opening victory over Northern Arizona on Aug. 30…recorded three tackles in win over Stanford on Sept. 6…collected six tackles (all solo) and a pass break-up against UNLV on Sept. 13…posted a season-high seven tackles (six solo) and had a pass break-up against No. 3 Georgia on Sept. 20…had five tackles (four solo) at California on Oct. 4…recorded his first interception of the season at No. 8 USC on Oct. 11…his interception came on the second of three straight possessions in the third quarter that the Sun Devils picked off Trojans quarterback Mark Sanchez…collected six tackles (five solo) and a pass break-up against Oregon on Oct. 25…had four solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, at Oregon State on Nov. 1…totaled four tackles and two pass break-ups in win at Washington on Nov. 8…posted two tackles in victory over Washington State on Nov. 15, part of a defensive effort that produced ASU’s first shutout in 12 seasons…recorded five tackles (four solo) and a pass break-up in win over UCLA on Nov. 28…had three tackles at Arizona on Dec. 6, and collected his second interception of the year when he picked off Wildcats quarterback Willie Tuitama in the end zone late in the second quarter.

2007: Played in all 13 games, making nine starts…became a starting cornerback in the fifth game of the season, and remained a starter for the rest of the year…totaled 33 tackles (24 solo), six pass break-ups and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, on the season…was named to the AON Insurance Freshman All-America Team, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America…named a First-Team Freshman All-American by Scout.com, and received Second-Team Freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com and CollegeFootballNews.com…was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News…made his first career tackle in season-opening win over San Jose State on Sept. 1…in his first career college start, he intercepted a pass in the second quarter and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown to help ASU to a victory at Stanford on Sept. 29…he also had four tackles (two solo) in the win over the Cardinal…recorded two tackles and a pass break-up at Washington State on Oct. 6 and against Washington on Oct. 13…collected a season-high five tackles (three solo) in win over California on Oct. 27…had three tackles and two pass break-ups at Oregon on Nov. 3, and posted three tackles at UCLA on Nov. 10…recorded four tackles and a pass break-up in victory over Arizona on Dec. 1…matched his season high with five tackles (four solo) in Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Texas on Dec. 27…won the Bill Kajikawa Sun Devil Award, given to the team’s most outstanding freshman, at the team’s year-end banquet.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Colony High School in Ontario, Calif….one of ASU’s most highly-acclaimed signees of the 2007 class…has blazing speed and the ability to star either in the offensive backfield or the defensive secondary…one of the most exciting athletes in the state of California in 2006…praised for his ball skills as a defender, mainly resulting from his experience on offense…ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the 2006 Scout.com Los Angeles Combine, the fastest by any player at the camp and the fourth-fastest among participants at Scout.com’s 13 nationwide high school combines throughout the year…ranked as the preseason No. 37 player overall in the West and the region’s No. 6 cornerback by Scout.com…also rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com…listed as a preseason All-American and the No. 43 cornerback in the nation by SuperPrep…also regarded as the No. 36 player in the state of California and the state’s No. 6 cornerback by SuperPrep…rated as the No. 7 all-purpose back in the nation and the No. 31 player in the state of California by Rivals.com…regarded as the No. 5 running back in California by Rivals.com…listed as the No. 16 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com…named the No. 38 player in the Farwest in the postseason by SuperPrep…was named the C.I.F. Central Division Most Valuable Player and the Inland Valley Player of the Year after leading Colony to its first C.I.F. title as a senior in 2006…led the Mt. Baldy League in scoring and rushing yards in 2006…won the league rushing crown by over 1,000 yards…as a senior he ran for 2,003 yards and 26 touchdowns and amassed over 2,500 all-purpose yards…averaged 143.1 rushing yards-per-game as a senior…also caught nine passes for 150 yards (16.7 yards per catch) and one touchdown…on defense, he totaled 80 tackles, two blocked punts and one interception…recorded over 700 rushing yards and six touchdowns as a junior, despite missing four games due to injury, but still earned All-Mt. Baldy League honors and was chosen as Colony High’s Most Valuable Player…chose ASU over USC, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon State and Washington…coached by Anthony Rice at Colony High School.

Personal: Graduated in spring 2011 with a B.I.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Justice Studies/Sociology).

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