|Ex-BC star and current Colts defensive back Jamie Silva set to return to New England this weekend for his annual football camp||06.22.11 at 11:11 pm ET|
Football worlds will be colliding this weekend in Rhode Island.
Jamie Silva has seen both sides of the Colts-Patriots rivalry. The defensive back, a New England native who played at Boston College, was signed by Indy as a free agent in 2008 and has two seasons on the Colts roster as a defensive back and special teamer. (He tore his right ACL in a preseason game last August and was sidelined for the entire 2010 season.)
So when he comes home to Rhode Island this weekend for the second annual Jamie Silva Football Camp — set for Saturday and Sunday at Pierce Field in East Providence (click here for more information) — he knows he’s going to hear it from at least a few folks.
“It’s funny … I think the kids kind of just enjoy the fact that they’re there hanging out and getting taught by NFL players. But some of the parents gave me grief last year,” he said with a chuckle.
Silva is used to it by now. After three years in Indianapolis, the Rhode Island native established his bonafides within the Colts’ system, having played in 25 games in two seasons of action. (Indianapolis special teams co-captain Melvin Bullitt said Silva deserved to be special teams captain last season before his injury.) In Indianapolis’ Super Bowl run in 2009, he played in 14 of the Colts’ regular-season games and all three of their playoff games, including the Super Bowl. In addition, his 15 special-teams tackles in the regular season were second on the team.
“He’s a guy who certainly has a lot of spirit, runs around and makes a lot of plays for us,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters last August after Silva went down with his knee injury. “He’s a quality guy and helped us in a number of different areas.”
And while he’s not yet a veteran, the 26-year-old has certainly become a go-to guy when it comes to teaching rookies the ropes. When Colts’ first-round pick Anthony Castonzo made a recent visit to Indianapolis, he didn’t rent out a luxury hotel suite downtown, a crash pad befitting a first-round draft pick. Instead, he spent his time sleeping at the house of his former BC teammate.
“Anthony is a great guy,” Silva said. “It’s funny — the first-round pick comes out to work out and he was living in my daughters’ bedroom. We put my daughter in the bathroom, and we gave him my daughters’ bedroom for the week when he came out here. People kept asking, ‘Why doesn’t he get a hotel room?’ But I think he loved the company and we are good friends. Plus, he’s a pretty good cook.”
And Silva was there earlier this spring when the Colts — like the Patriots — went through a series of players-only workouts designed to stay sharp in the wake of the lockout.
“The players were all getting together anyway, and we don’t want to be too far behind when they start back up again,” Silva said. “Everybody on the team is friends anyway — we’d be getting together for beers if it wasn’t football, so we might as well go over football stuff. Just doing anything football oriented is good, and it’s always good to get the lingo down.”
For Silva, the goal for the 2011 season is a simple one.
“My thing is getting healthy. I had a bad knee injury last year, and I’m still rehabbing that thing,” he said. “I know I can be out there healthy — I just have to get the knee healthy so I can be out there playing on two good knees.”
But this weekend, it’s all about giving back to Southern New England. Last season, he was able to draw roughly 100 kids, and is hoping for even better numbers this time around. Current teammate Pierre Garcon, as well as college teammates Gosder Cherilus, Rob Francois, LV Whitworth, Andre Callender, Tyrone Pruitt, and Ryan Glasper are all slated to be in attendance.
“I just felt like in Rhode Island and Southern New England, when I was growing up, there weren’t many camps that had college coaches or guys in the NFL,” he said. “I just felt like this would be a good place to give back, and to bring some elite football players and coaches into the area. It’s something unique that not a lot of kids in Rhode Island get to experience.”
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