In a country where the U.S. Census Bureau says that Hispanics are the largest minority, and that the Hispanic population is growing at a faster rate than the population as a whole, Hispanic players are making their mark on the NFL.
"I'm Dominican, and I'd love to have a chance to go back there and get them more involved in (football)," Castillo said. "To be in this neighborhood and this community, being a Hispanic football player, it's a huge blessing. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to bring more Hispanics into football."
"I'm a first-round draft pick and I have things to prove," says Castillo. "If the Chargers are going to give me the opportunity to come here and be a playmaker, I have to accept that challenge and make plays."
Tony Gonzalez led the NFL in receptions last year with 102, the highest total ever for an NFL tight end. As he enters his ninth year with the Chiefs, Gonzalez needs only nine more TDs to assume the all-time lead for scoring receptions by a tight end. Gonzalez played in his sixth Pro Bowl last season.
Gonzalez was joined in the Pro Bowl by guard Marco Rivera who has signed with the Dallas Cowboys this year. When Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced the additon of Rivera, he used words like "leadership" and "professionalism" to explain why he had reached the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons with Green Bay. The nine-year veteran expects to make his 100th consecutive regular-season start on kickoff weekend.
"The guys believe in me, the coaches believe in me, I'm surely but slowly starting to believe," says Losman. "I have this thing that I don't care what people tell me, what teammates or coaches say. I always feel like I can do better."
A list of some of the 2005 Hispanic NFL Players:
|Tony Gonzalez||TE||Kansas City|
|Adam Archuleta||S||St. Louis|
|Victor Leyva||G||New England|
|Luis Castillo||T||San Diego|
|Ronnie Cruz||RB||Kansas City|
|Donnie Edwards||LB||San Diego|
|Scott Tercero||G||St. Louis|