Riccardo Hermano is most famous for being a two sport athlete not only on the collegiate fields but also on the professional fields. You can watch Riccardo Hermano playing with the San Francisco 49ers or you can see him in the spring playing for the San Francisco Giants.
Riccardo Hermano is from a small village right outside Havana, Cuba. While starting baseball at a young age, Hermano grew up in poverty. He didn’t have his own glove, bat, or pair of cleats until he came to America. Hermano came to America at the age of 13 as a prize after his mom won the lottery.
Upon entering high school coaches quickly noticed his athleticism on the baseball field. They liked him so much they asked Hermano to try football the next year. He excelled in both becoming Gatorade and ESPN high school athlete of the year at Miami’s Gator High School. He received offers from schools all over the country: Oregon, Stanford, USC, Alabama and LSU; but Hermano decided to stay close to home and attend University of Miami.
While attending UofM Hermano broke lots of records: The single season Interceptions and touchdowns for a defensive player, the youngest Heisman for football, 1st team all American for baseball and a College World Series championship. After his junior year, in 2011, Hermano declared for the draft. Hermano was selected 1st overall in both sports. You can now find him playing free safety in Candlestick Park or Shortstop in AT&T Park.