Brandon Silvers' 'journey' continues in Seattle
When Brandon Silvers was at Troy University, he was the old guy.
It wasn’t that the 6-foot-3, 219-pound quarterback was actually old – he’s only 25 – but he was a part of the football program for 5 ½ years, so he had been at the school longer than most.
“I got called old when I was there, because I grayshirted and redshirted at Troy, and started for four years, so I was the oldest, well one of the oldest – they still had some guys older than me – on the team,” Silvers said. “I did get called old a lot.”
While he was one of the veterans in the room at Troy, Silvers just considers it part of his journey, a football odyssey that has led him across the country to Seattle where he becomes the first member of the Dragons’ roster.
“It’s been a crazy career I’ve had,” Silvers said. “I’m lucky to be in the position I’m in. I’m looking forward to the future.”
When Silvers was at Troy, he broke Sam Bradford’s NCAA freshman record for completion percentage, finding his target on 70.5 percent of his passes in his first season as the Trojans’ starter. As a senior, Silvers was instrumental in an upset win over LSU in Death Valley.
The quarterback helped build a program that went 3-9 his first year to a team that had back-to-back 10-win seasons and a pair of bowl-game victories before he graduated.
“I had a great career at Troy,” Silvers said. “I started on a losing team and left on a winning team.”
Then Silvers’ story took a turn. He was invited to rookie mini-camps with Philadelphia and New Orleans, but ended up playing in the Alliance of American Football with the Memphis Express. He roomed with quarterback Christian Hackenberg during training camp and they lived together during the season.
“Me and Hack, we clicked right away,” Silvers said.
There were several notable names at the quarterback position on the Express roster, with Hackenberg, Zach Mettenberger and Johnny Manziel all taking snaps at quarterback. But Silvers was a standout.
In fact, his performance prompted the Jets to sign him. When that contract didn’t result in a permanent spot on an NFL roster, Silvers started looking for the next opportunity.
He found it with the XFL.
“I don’t see myself doing anything else for a while,” Silvers said. “I’ve played football my whole life. I just enjoy having the journey. I’m from the eastern half of the United States and coming out here to the western half, it’s a good journey, but it’s going to be new for me.”
Silvers’ landed in Seattle for the first time Monday. He was greeted in his new city by his new head coach, someone who knows a thing or two about playing quarterback in Pacific Northwest.
When asked about his first meeting with Jim Zorn, Silvers smiled, “we clicked,” he said. “I have an air raid background. He has a west coast background, so it’s different, but I played in some systems that are kind of like it, so it’s going to be new for me, but it’s going to be fun working with him.”
Since it’s Silvers’ first trip to Seattle, he wasn’t sure what to expect. But he knows he gets to play football again. He has another team. A new opportunity. He gets to continue his career. And, for Silvers, that’s all that matters.
“I’m not from around here, so I’m excited to go somewhere else,” he said. “You don’t ever want to stay in the same place. I feel like you want to go on a journey and just have those opportunities to play in different atmospheres, different places. I’m excited to do all that.”
He may have been the old guy at Troy, but Silvers now becomes one of the new guys with the Dragons.
“I’ve always had confidence in myself,” he said. “I haven’t had opportunities to succeed in the NFL, but this is a good opportunity for me. I’m going to make the most of it.”