Memorial service planned for UPIKE football alumnus Silas

Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 3:23 PM EDT
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Derrick “Big Show” Silas, a former football student athlete at then-Pikeville College from 2001-2004 and later a staff member at the university will have his life celebrated during a memorial service planned for 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday night at Sycamore Plaza on campus.

Silas was a member of the college’s first football team, enrolling in 2001 as a 6-7, 350 lb., freshman offensive lineman from Camilla, Ga. It was easy to see how he earned his “Big Show” nickname, but it wasn’t solely due to his physical stature.

The constant flow of messages seen since his passing over the weekend have mentioned the size of his heart, remembering Silas as someone who never met a stranger, would do anything for you and always had a smile on his face. “Big Show” had enormous pride for the Orange and Black and was undoubtedly proud to be a Bear.

Opposing defenses also got to know the “Big Show” on the gridiron.

Anchoring the offensive line in 2002, Silas helped Pikeville rushers to 183.2 yards per game, which ranks third in the 15-season history of the program. That 2002 team was the first to post a winning record at 6-4.

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