Early Life

Omar comes from a small close family: his mom Angela, his dad Carney, and his younger sister Keisha. Omar is a proud native of Ontario, California area code (909) where he attended Colony High School excelling in football and track. In his senior year, he rushed for 2,003 yards and lead the Titans to their first CIF championship in school history. He not only earned MVP of the game, but earned himself an All American running back title. Omar received several enticing scholarship offers from prominent schools like USC and Michigan, but he accepted Arizona State University’s offer to be a Sun Devil.

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Arizona State

Omar had quite the decorated career at ASU where he served as a three time captain for the devils. In his first year playing corner, Bolden started as a true freshman and had a fantastic season featuring 33 tackles, 6 pass break ups, an interception for a touchdown, and was named Freshman All American. Bolden refined his skills in his Sophmore season by improving with 49 tackles, 7 pass break ups, and 2 interceptions. After coming out to a blazing start in 2009 with a kickoff to the house and an interception, Bolden tore his MCL at practice during week 4 causing him to miss the entire season and receiving a medical redshirt.

After the injury, Omar excelled in his redshirt junior season with 52 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 of which he returned for a touchdown, and also had a 97 kick return for a touchdown. Despite his stellar season, Omar received a 4th round grade from the NFL. After careful deliberation, Bolden decided to return to ASU in hopes of bringing a Rose Bowl Championship back to Tempe. As fate would have it, Omar tore his left ACL in the 4th play of the spring game in 2011 causing him to sit out his entire senior season. Instead of being frustrated or defeated by misfortune, Omar turned his situation into a positive by becoming a coach and mentor to the younger players on the team by continuing to be that vocal leader the team needed. Omar remained positive, focused, and persistent on getting his knee back healthy in time for the NFL Combine. Hard work and determination guided Omar to the 2012 NFL Combine where he was the top performer on the bench press out of all DBs benching 25 reps.

Denver Broncos

On April 28th, 2012, a dream came true for Omar when he was selected 101st in the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Eager to embark on his new journey, Omar’s immediate goals are to help bring a championship back to Denver and work his way into the starting rotation. Some say he has the potential to be the next Champ Bailey, but only time will tell. Omar plans to be one of the best to ever play the game.

Since Bolden’s arrival he’s been able to showcase his versatility on defense by lining up at just about every position in the secondary live in a game expect the dime position. That list includes corner, nickel, strong and free safety. His role has continued to grow on defense but has primarily made his mark not only for the Broncos but in the NFL as a special teams standout. Bolden has played in all four phases of special teams but most recently he has emerged as 1 of the top gunners and kickoff returners in the league. As Bolden enters his 4th and final year of his contract with the Broncos he intends on picking up right where he left off last season as a kickoff returner and seeing increasingly more playing time on defense if not competing for a starting role.