American Football Database
Ricky Santos
Date of birth: (1984-04-26) April 26, 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth: Norwood, Massachusetts
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB
High school: Bellingham (MA)
Hand: Right
Career highlights and awards

Ricky Santos (born April 26, 1984) is an American former gridiron football quarterback who is currently the interim head coach of the New Hampshire Wildcats football team. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at New Hampshire.

Early years

Santos attended Bellingham High School (Bellingham, Massachusetts) and was a letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. In football, he was a two-time Tri-Valley League M.V.P., was twice named the Division V Player of the Year,a two-time Metro West Player of the Year,and as a senior, won all-State honors. In November 2002 during the first annual Thanksgiving Day game against Norton, he threw for 7 touchdown passes, which is still one of the best High School performances in Bellingham history. He broke the state touchdown record and led his teams to two Massachusetts High School Super Bowl titles (2000 and 2001). He graduated from Bellingham High in 2003.

College career

Santos attended the University of New Hampshire and was a four-year starter at quarterback. During his time, the Wildcats went a combined 37-14, winning one Atlantic 10 Football Conference Championship, two Northern Division Championships, and made the NCAA I-AA/FCS Playoffs all four seasons. A three time All-America selection, Santos won the Walter Payton Award in 2006, as the top offensive player in I-AA. Santos finished his college career third on the NCAA all-time career passing yardage list with 13,212 yards, and third on the NCAA all-time list for career touchdown passes with 123. After the 2007 season, Santos's #2 jersey was retired by New Hampshire.[1]

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

After going undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, Santos agreed to join the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in May. However, he was released the same month.

Montreal Alouettes

In May 2008, Santos was signed by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On September 21, 2009, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired Santos from the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for non-import defensive ends Riall Johnson and Shawn Mayne.[2]

He was released by the Blue Bombers on May 17, 2010.[3]

Second Stint with Alouettes

After an injury to Adrian McPherson, the Montreal Alouettes re-signed Santos on June 22, 2010 to serve as the third-string quarterback.[4] On June 9, 2012, he was released by the Alouettes.[5]

Toronto Argonauts

On June 16, 2012, Santos was signed by the Toronto Argonauts.[6] He was released four days later.[7]

Coaching career

New Hampshire Wildcats

Santos served as the associate head coach for his alma mater until head coach Sean McDonnell took a leave of absence for health reasons in late August 2019, after which Santos was named interim head coach for the team.

Personal life

He is a cousin of racecar driver Bobby Santos III.[citation needed]

In 2013, he stood in as a physical education teacher at south Elementary school, a primary school in Bellingham, Massachusetts.


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