In his final college football game for Hampton University, Ricardo (Rick) Silva led the Pirate defense with nine tackles and helped Hampton defeat Morgan State, 21-16, last Saturday.  Silva, a Poly graduate, had the honor of playing his last college game in his hometown.

“It’s a blessing.  It feels real good,” said Silva.  “I never imagined that I’d come back home in my last collegian game against Morgan State.  It feels great.  My whole family’s out there.”

Earlier in the week, Silva was named to the first team All-MEAC defense as a safety.  Before he puts away the pads, Silva will have one more chance to represent Hampton when he plays in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Bowl on Dec. 18, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The HBCU Bowl features the top 100 draft eligible seniors the MEAC, SWAC, SIAC and CIAA to showcase their skills for scouts of the NFL, CFL and UFL, during practice, a one day combine and the all-start game.

Following the Morgan game, Silva talked with Rob Williams.  To see that interview, click on the Related Videos link above.