INDIANAPOLIS _ We're here at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, where the Colts practice complex is located on West 56th Street, and had a chance to catch up with former BC All-America safety Jamie Silva, a free agent signee who has emerged as a special teams maven in his second season with the Colts.
So far this season, Silva has made nine special teams tackles (tied for second most on the team) and three defensive tackles and returned seven punts for 32 yards, including a long of seven yards.
At BC, Silva earned the nickname ``The Animal'' not just for his wild mane of hair _ which he still maintains (``I'm hoping to get a shampoo commercial like [Troy] Polamalu'') _ but for his savage animal instincts he brought to the football field. On June 28, Silva wed the former Theresa Harvey and went on an Alaskan cruise for his honeymoon. ``She's from Pittsburgh, went to Emerson and her sister goes to Boston College,'' Silva said. ``Her parents are BC graduates and her sister dates Jordan McMichael, the BC tight end.''
A native of East Providence, R.I., Silva grew up a fan of the Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox and, yes, the Patriots. This week he finds himself on what many people back home in New England believe is the wrong side of this important AFC rivalry between the Patriots and Colts.
Q: How hyped up are you for this game?
A: Oh, yeah, for sure. I mean, I get jacked up for every game, as you know. This one, I know everybody from Boston, everyone from Rhode Island, everybody that saw me play in college will be watching and excited about this game as well.
Q: In talking about it with Dwight Freeney, who's from Hartford, the guys from New England, do you hear about it, if you don't win, when you go back home?
A: Yeah, for sure. Connecticut is maybe the one state in New England where half maybe are Giants fans. But Rhode Island sure is Patriots all the way. So, yeah, I hear about it a lot. I was telling some of the other guys, last year I went to a golf course with some buddies in Rhode Island, Silver Spring Golf Course, and they said you guys aren't welcome.
Q: Notice you're wearing a red No. 31 jersey, are you working as Brandon Meriweather this week? You working against Dallas Clark?
A: I can't tell you that [laughing]. Actually, I'm just working on everybody. They wanted me to dred my hair [like Meriweather], but I don't know if it would even work.
Q: So what do you think about the job Frank Spaziani's done at BC?
A:I was really happy to see Spaz get the head coaching job and do what he's done with the program. A lot of people felt BC was going to have a tough year and the season's not even close to over and they're going to be going to a bowl and they could still make it to the ACC Championship.
They're having a good year and I'm really happy for Coach Spaz because he's a hell of a coach and he deserves it. They went through a lot of things and had to get a lot of young guys ready and that right there shows good coaching; to have young guys step up and to be making plays the way they are.