WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is sad to announce the loss of Vincent Todd Silvestri (Class of 1992), a football and wrestling standout and Hall of Famer.
Silvestri (1963-2010) passed away on Friday, April 30, he was 46-years-old. The GU Athletics Department observed a moment of silence in Silvestri’s honor on Monday evening before the start of the annual awards ceremony for the department. A facebook page (see links below) has been created in his memory and already has over 2,000 followers in just a few days. A flower was posted next to Silvestri’s Hall of Fame plaque in the Field House at GU.
He was inducted into the Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame on October 25, 2009, at the Kellogg Conference Center. Former Gallaudet football coach Bob Westermann presented Silvestri for induction.
Here is an excerpt from the press release on the Hall of Fame Class of 2009:
"Todd was an outstanding football player," said Westermann at the induction ceremony. "I have a long history with Todd. I arrived at this fine campus in 1977 and started off coaching at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf and later coached at Gallaudet. I knew we had to change our attitude that we could win at GU. I knew I needed a winner and that's why I called Todd [to come here and play]. He could influence people. He has 'it'."
Silvestri was a force on defense for the GU football program in the late 1980's and a NCAA Division III All-American wrestler for the Bison. The team captain led the football team in tackles for three straight seasons from 1985-87. Silvestri was named to All-Atlantic Collegiate Football Conference (ACFC) first team in 1987. The Washington Football Officials Association (WFOA) named him the Most Outstanding Player in 1987 where he made 103 tackles. The linebacker started 31 consecutive games for the Buff and Blue and compiled 298 tackles during his career. He earned All-American wrestling honors during the 1988-89 season at the 177 lbs. weight level.
A private ceremony has been planned by the family.