XFL Orlando Rage Press Release 14


Press Release 14
Louis Riddick, Orlando's Blue Chip Stock
Jan. 23, 2001

By Tony Morreale

Many times fans hear players say they play for the love of the game, but for Louis Riddick, playing with the Rage is all about doing it for the love of the game. With the investments he made early in his career, Riddick is now in a position to concentrate on making picks and laying out a wide receivers.
Using income from his NFL playing days, the former GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American says he primarily invests in technology stocks that involve companies that work behind the scenes, such as data transfer and digital phone support companies.

Riddick lists defensive backs Cory Gilliard and Omar Brown as two teammates who share the same thrill of the market. “However, some teammates see the market a lot like a casino but I believe your odds are a lot better and you have a lot more control over your outcome,” Riddick adds.

A seven-year veteran of the NFL and World League, Riddick, a safety, was drafted in the ninth round out of the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. The following year, as an Atlanta Falcon, he started 4 games and played in another 12 games, compiling 74 tackles, one sack and one pass defense. Later the same year, he won the World League Championship with the Sacramento Surge.

Stability was one thing he found in his three years with the Cleveland Browns, playing both free safety and strong safety. It all climaxed with a stellar performance in the 1994 playoffs, grabbing an interception and making five tackles against the New England Patriots.

Waived the following season, he would sit out the next year before catching on with the Oakland Raiders in 1998. That’s where Riddick thought his career would end.

“As far as I was concerned, my career was over with the Raiders. The problem was I didn’t want it to end with me becoming a victim of the salary cap and inner-team politics especially with me feeling fine physically, Riddick explains.

“I know I could still play and compete on an NFL level. I was playing as well as any safety there (Oakland).”

Through his investments, Riddick has been able to provide a comfortable lifestyle. But the opportunity to play football again, in an environment less political, was the overriding factor that led to Riddick arriving in Orlando.

“I knew when the opportunity arose to play again near my home in Georgia, in the warm climate of Orlando, Fla., I knew this is where I wanted to play. I called Coach Galen Hall and told him that if I were to play again this would be the only place I would play.”

For Riddick, he has two objectives, and they are to play hard and enjoy competing.

“I, like most of the guys here, are here for one reason, because we love to play this game,” Riddick concludes.


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