American Football Database
American Football Database
Don Silvestri
Date of birth: (1968-12-25) December 25, 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
Position(s): K
College: University of Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1992 / Undrafted
 As player:
Seattle Seahawks*
Buffalo Bills*
Baltimore Stallions*
London Monarchs
New York Jets
Albany Firebirds
Florida Bobcats
*Pre-season or practice squad member only

Donald G. Silvestri (born December 25, 1968 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American football placekicker for various professional football teams and leagues including the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks, of the National Football League, as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He played college football at University of Pittsburgh.[1]

Early years

Silvestri was a two-year football letterman at the University of Pittsburgh from 1990 to 1991. Silvestri attended Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

Professional career

Silvestri has been a member of the Seattle Seahawks (1993), Buffalo Bills (1994), New York Jets (1995–1997), London Monarchs (1995, 1997, 1998), Albany Firebirds (1998–1999), Florida Bobcats (2000) and the Canadian Football League's American expansion team Baltimore Stallions (1993).

NFL Europe

On May 7, 1995, Silvestri created history with the London Monarchs after kicking professional football's first four-point field goal, awarded for successful attempts from 50 yards or more in the NFL sanctioned World League of American Football (WLAF).[2]

National Football League

Silvestri established himself as one of the NFL's leading kickoff specialists in 1995. He led the AFC and finished 2nd in the NFL to Morten Anderson with 14 touchbacks. He had 8 games with at least 1 touchback and had 5 games with 2 or more.[3]

Arena Football League

Silvestri is the only Arena Football League player in history to finish a season with a perfect extra point percentage with the Florida Bobcats in 2000.[4] Silvestri was a key member of the Arena League champion Albany Firebirds in 1999.

Personal life

Silvestri lives in South Florida and is very active in his local community. He is currently a member of the National Football League Alumni Association and the South Florida Pitt Club, an Alumni club of the University of Pittsburgh, and participates in several local charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.