American professional wrestler and former American football player, Thaddeus Michael Bullard Sr. is most popularly known by his Raw brand WWE ring name, Titus O’Neil. Yet another one of his popular ring names is Rufus Patterson. O’Neil previously played college football for the University of Florida, followed by playing in the Arena Football League (AFL). He started his career as a professional wrestler as a part of NXT’s second season, followed by competing in NXT Redemption, the show’s fifth season. As a part of The Prime Time Players, he has been crowned as The WWE Tag Team Champion once. He has an estimated net worth of $900,000.
O’Neil was born in Boynton Beach, Florida on April 29, 1977 but raised in Live Oak, Florida for most of his childhood. Here, he joined the Suwannee High School and was a star player for the school’s football team, the Suwannee Bulldogs. In 1995, USA Today and Parade Magazine recognized him as a high school All-American when he was a senior in the school.
He then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida on an athletic scholarship, where he played for the Florida Gators team from 1997-2000. In 2000, he was elected as the student body vice president and was a brother on the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He currently resides in Tampa, Florida and has two children.
After his graduation from the University of Florida, O’Neil began his career playing in the Arena Football League from 2003-2007 with the Tampa Bay Storm, Carolina Cobras, Utah Blaze and Las Vegas Gladiators.
He started training with the Florida Championship Wrestling when he signed a development deal with WWE in mid-2009. In 2010, he made his TV debut on the Bright House Sports Network as his well-known alias, Titus O’Neil. This was in a tag team match of FCW’s show with Skip Sheffield.
O’Neil then participated in WWE NXT’s second season and made his debut when he teamed up with his mentor, Zack Ryder. After being the first person to be eliminated, he returned in the season finale to attack the winner Kaval, with all the other eliminated rookies.
He then returned to the shoe in NXT Redemption, the show’s fifth season in 2011. He debuted here by defeating Lucky Cannon in the primary event.
O’Neil was then moved to the main roster in 2012 and made his debut with Darren Young on SmackDown. As a Prime Time Player, he faced off several other competitors such as Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Tyson Kidd and John Cena.
From 2014-2015, O’Neil formed a tag team with Slater Gator, a.k.a., Heath Slater. The duo challenged and wrestles on Superstars and Main Event against the likes of El Torito and Hornswoggle and Kofi Kingston and Big E.
In 2015, O’Neil reunited with his former Prime Time Player tag team partner, Darren Young. He then went on to compete at WrestleMania 31’s 2nd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He competed at the Royal Rumble in 2016, where he first eliminated Goldust. He was then eliminated by Big Show.
O’Neil was drafted to Raw in WWE’s 2016 Draft. He, along with Darren Young, competed against several wrestlers such as The Shining Stars.
The player started the new Titus Brand, which he renamed to Titus Worldwide. He recruited Akira Tozawa, the Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke.
Titus O’Neil Net Worth
With a successful professional football career spanning 3 years and a wrestling career of over 8 years, his popular signature moves include Shoulderbreaker, Big Boot and others. He has also managed several wrestlers under Titus Worldwide and as such has an estimated net worth of $900,000.
O’Neil is proactively involved in charitable work with a plethora of nonprofit organizations in the Tampa Bay region. He committed $10 million to the Tampa Bay community and became the 261st Lightning Community Hero in 2012 for his community work.