The University of North Dakota confirmed Tuesday former linebacker Travis O'Neel, a standout and member of the 2001 national championship football team, died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash in Thailand.
O'Neel was from Eden Prairie, Minn. and had been teaching in Thailand. He played for UND from 1997 through 2001. He was a two-time Academic All-NCC selection and graduated from UND in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
"On the field, he was one of our all-time greats," said head football coach Bubba Schweigert. "He was a captain of our national championship team. He was a dependable, physical, athletic inside linebacker who played the game with passion and who was a part of one of the most dominant defenses in the history of UND football."
O'Neel led UND's national title team in tackles (87) and earned Division II All-America honors from Football Gazette, Daktronics, D2Football.com and the Associated Press. In 1999, O'Neel was named to the Sophomore All-America Team by USA Football.
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my great friend Travis O'Neel. A dear friend, family man and a wonderful... http://t.co/ERpnR2CC1h— Chris Lister (@ChrisLister) June 24, 2015
Travis O'Neel: 1978-2015 - RIP as you left us too soon http://t.co/UHjZpH28Dl— Todd Hambrecht (@Hammer4420) June 24, 2015
Saddened to hear about the passing of former #UND linebacker Travis O'Neel. One of the best LB's in UND history and a great guy.— SiouxFootballInsider (@SiouxFootball) June 23, 2015
Thinking of ISM colleagues, so sad to hear of the death of Travis O'Neel #CfG condolences to family and friends— Jacqueline Pender (@Jacpender) June 23, 2015