Victor Samuel Leyva was born on Dec. 18, 1977 in Guanajuato, Mexico, and grew up in Porterville, Calif … Earned All-America honors from Blue Chip Illustrated as a senior offensive tackle at Porterville's Monache High School, where he also played defensive tackle … Majored in sociology at Arizona State and has pursued post-graduate courses.
Victor Leyva was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 12, 2005 … Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft … Waived by Cincinnati (09/09/04) … Signed by the Miami Dolphins (01/19/05) … Waived by Miami (04/28/05).
2004 - Spent the 2004 season out of football after being released by Cincinnati prior to the fi rst regular season game.
2003 (0/0 - Cincinnati): Spent the entire season on the active roster, but did not see game action ... Inactive for 12 contests and did not play in the four games for which he dressed.
2002 (10/0 - Cincinnati): Played in 10 games for the Bengals, including five in which he saw action on offense. Houston (9/3): Saw brief action at right tackle. Cleveland (11/17): Saw action at left tackle in the Bengals' goal-line offense. Jacksonville (12/15): Played goal-line snaps.
2001 (0/0 - Cincinnati): Spent the entire season on the active roster, but did not see game action … Inactive for 15 games and did not play in the one game for which he dressed.
Started at right tackle for Arizona State as a junior and senior after starting at right guard for most of his freshman and sophomore seasons … Earned All-Pac 10 honors as a senior … Credited with 107 key blocks and overall grade of 85.7 percent for a line that helped produce 379.2 yards per game … Reshirted as a freshman.
Victor was one of California's top heavyweight high school wrestlers, posting a 47-2 record and also ranked in the state's top three in shot put and discus.
At the invitation of President George W. Bush, Victor joined a group of NFL personnel with Hispanic backgrounds at a White House reception on May 2, 2002, celebrating Cinco de Mayo.