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
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
“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.