The Corpus Christi Hammerheads have announced the signing of one of the Intense Football League's most prolific defensive players. The Hammerheads re-signed veteran defensive back and linebacker Roy Salas, who was part of the team's inaugural season in 2004 and who now holds nearly every one of the IFL's major defensive career records.
"Roy was here when we started, and not only is he one of the best defensive players in the league today, but he's also one of the Intense Football League's all-time best," Hammerheads owner Chad Dittman said. "No one in the league's history has more tackles or interceptions than Roy. Statistically, he's the best defensive player the league has ever seen."
Salas started at linebacker in 2007 and later moved to defensive back. He was credited with a team-high 82 tackles, including 49 solo tackles. Salas averaged 5.9 tackles per game, which was the league's second-best average last season. The Hammerheads, who reached the Intense Bowl III in August, had the IFL's second-ranked defense in 2007.
The 2008 season will be Salas' fifth with the Hammerheads. Salas joined the team in 2004 when it was first formed in Corpus Christi. He made the team that season through an open tryout. He has led the team in tackles in each of his seasons and has led the IFL in tackles in each of the last two. As a rookie in 2004, Salas set an IFL record with 13 interceptions. Today, he is among the IFL's all-time interception leaders with 28 career interceptions. He is also the league's all-time leading tackler.
In 2006, he moved from defensive back to linebacker and was named the IFL's Defensive Player of the Year. He had three interceptions and was credited with breaking up 12 passes.
A native of San Antonio, Salas played high school football at St. Anthony's Catholic School and then played in the college level at Ottawa University in Kansas.
Salas said being a part of the Hammerheads' organization for a fifth year is all about family.
"The Hammerheads give me and a bunch of other guys an opportunity to play professional football close to home," Salas said. "If it wasn't for Chad Dittman and the IFL, I would probably being playing football and raising my family in Kansas. Playing here allows me to give my family an upbringing like the one I was given in South Texas."
Roy lives in Corpus Christi with his wife, Sylvia, and their children Destini, Daisi, and R.J. The couple is expecting a fourth child.