May 8, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Former Holy Cross running back Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has signed a tryout contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. This past weekend, from May 5-7, Silva took part in the Buccaneers' rookie mini-camp as one of 28 players on a tryout contract. He is looking to earn a spot on Tampa Bay's 80-man roster for its first full mini-camp of the summer, which is scheduled to begin on May 16.
This past season, Silva was selected as a first team All-American by the Sports Network, the American Football Coaches Association and Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, and a second team All-American by the Associated Press. He was named the National Special Teams Player of the Year by Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette, while placing 13th in the voting for the 2005 Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in Division I-AA. Silva was also named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year, in addition to being a first team All-Patriot League, All-New England and All-ECAC selection.
He totaled 2,134 all-purpose yards this season, rushing for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns on 189 carries, catching 54 passes for 364 yards and a score, returning 19 kickoffs for 462 yards and a touchdown, and bringing back 22 punts for 395 yards and two scores. Silva led in the nation in all-purpose yards, while ranking third in punt returns, 10th in scoring, 26th in kickoff returns, 34th in receptions and 34th in rushing yards. He also led the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, receptions and punt returns, while standing second in scoring, and third in rushing and kickoff returns.