2021 will be Santos Ramirez’s first season with the Pirates. In the pandemic shortened season, Ramirez played five games for the XFL’s Seattle Dragons last spring. Undrafted by the NFL after his senior year at University of Arkansas, Ramirez signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets in spring of 2019, but was released not long after. Ramirez, an aggressive, hard-hitting safety, should have no problem adjusting to indoor football and will make an excellent addition to the Pirates defensive backfield.
As a senior Captain of the Razorbacks in 2018, Ramirez was voted All-SEC Third-Team. He started in each of Arkansas’ 12 games, mostly at free safety, and ended his college career with over 2,400 defensive snaps. Ramirez was second on the team with 87 tackles, a remarkable stat considering his position. In 6 games he exceeded ten tackles. Ramirez was voted to the Razorbacks Defensive All-Decade Team (2010-19).
In his junior year, 2017, Ramirez was also voted captain and was third on the team in tackles with 63 on the season. He was one of only three players nationwide to record 60 tackles, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles, and 8 pass break-ups. At Arkansas Ramirez was known as a ball-hawking safety. In a game against 11th ranked Florida, Ramirez had a pick-six and helped his team hold their opponent to just 241 total yards including only 12 yards rushing on 14 carries.
Ramirez started in 7 out of 12 games as a sophomore and recorded 43 tackles on the season. He was also named to the 2016 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll. In his 2015 redshirt freshman year Ramirez had 3 starts in 12 games, recording 35 tackles and 1 interception. Ramirez earned his degree in recreation & sports management in 2017. He is entering his age-25 season with Massachusetts.