Shaquille O'Neal, often known as Shaq, is a retired NBA star whose career lasted from 1992 to 2011. Post-NBA, O'Neal is a well-known television personality.
O'Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 6, 1972. He moved to Texas and graduated from Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas before attending Louisiana State University. In 1992, O'Neal dropped out of college during his junior year to enter the NBA, where he played his rookie season with the Orlando Magic. He set a record when he was named Player of the Week during his first week in the NBA.
In 1996, O'Neil signed a seven-year, $120 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This remains the biggest contract in the history of the NBA. Throughout his career, Shaq also played for the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He won several championships throughout his career, was named Most Valuable Player in 2000 and Rookie of the Year in 1993, and was invited to the All-Star team several times.
Shaq is well-known for his imposing physical stature. He is 7 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 325 pounds. While many people are aware of his athletic career, many are not aware that O'Neal focused heavily on education after initially dropping out of college. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Barry University in 2005 and a doctorate in education from the same institution in 2012.
O'Neal starred in two reality shows, "Shaq's Big Challenge" and "Shaq Vs." He has released four rap albums and starred in several films.