Ricardo Silva (American football)

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Ricardo Silva
No. --     Free agent
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-09) May 9, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Baltimore (MD) Poly
College: Hampton
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2012
Tackles 52
Quarterback sacks 0
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Ricardo Silva (born May 9, 1988) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent.

College career[edit]

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 career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

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 Panthers[edit]

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]


  1. ^ Birkett, Dave (August 1, 2013). "Detroit Lions release Ricardo Silva, sign pair". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Strickland, Bryan (August 2, 2013). "Fan Fest on horizon following steamy practice". Panthers.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Henson, Max (August 24, 2013). "Panthers reduce roster". Panthers.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013.