Ricardo Silva
No. 39     
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Career information
College: Hampton
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2011 2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Total tackles     43
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     1
Interceptions     1

Ricardo Silva (born May 9, 1988) is a former American football safety.

College careerEdit

Silva started his college football career at Bowie State University, before transferring to Hampton for his junior and senior seasons. He exploded his senior season ( 74 tackles, 11 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 interception returned for a touchdown) making First-team All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, First-team HBCU All-American, and barely missing out being selected on the FCS All-American team.

Professional careerEdit

Detroit LionsEdit

In 2011, he signed with the Detroit Lions to their practice squad. Silva was signed the active roster in week 12, finishing the season and including the playoffs playing primarily special teams. The following year Ricardo Silva played so well in the 2012 preseason that he just barely missed opening the season on the 53 man active roster. Coach Schwartz actually said Silva was the last man cut. The lions soon after signed Ricardo Silva to their practice squad. Starting FS Louis Delmas injured his knee early in the year leading to Ricardo Silva being activated to the 53 man roster in the early weeks of 2012. Silva's second season ended totaling 6 starts, 40 tackles and 1 interception,1 fumble recovery on the year. On August 1, 2013, the Detroit Lions released Silva.[1]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On August 2, 2013, Silva was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.[2] On August 24, 2013, he was waived by the Panthers.[3]

Teaching CareerEdit

Ricardo Silva joined Teach for America in 2014 and taught Geometry at Ballou High School in Washington D.C.

He currently works on the TFA recruitment team.


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