Inspiring People ~ Richard Salgado
Turning a passion for football into business and philanthropy
Photograph by Michelle Carpenter Photography
Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado’s presence spans all four major sports leagues, and several TV networks. A regular contributor to Fox & Friends and a Super Bowl commentator, this former University of Maryland offensive lineman has made a mark in the insurance world, building plans that protect athletes, entertainers and business professionals. He’s created a successful, meaningful business because he knows firsthand how life can change in the blink of an eye. After making a remarkable recovery from a brain aneurysm in 2008, Salgado can now add COVID-19 survivor to his list of accomplishments. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
“Salgado recognizes that he is blessed to be surrounded by good people”
In 1998, Salgado founded Coastal Advisors, LLC, an insurance firm specializing in disability and life insurance that began by catering to the needs of the professional athletes in his close circles. He now proudly represent over 500 clients from all walks of life, with several big names that utilize his services to protect themselves and their families should the unthinkable occur, like a career-ending illness or injury. He even serves the needs of college athletes making the leap to the professional world, advising them on how to best plan for their future. He’s a man that does what he says he will do, and he’s built a reputation as a solid insurance provider that takes care of his clients.
Salgado recognizes that he is blessed to be surrounded by good people, both friends and business associates, and he’s extended the positive benefits of these relationships to his philanthropic efforts. In 2014, he established the Big Daddy Foundation, which has enjoyed immense support from Salgado’s many friends and colleagues in the pro sports world.
The foundation is best known for their Big Daddy Youth Football Camp and the Big Daddy Golf Classic. He teamed up with his brother, Jim Salgado, assistant coach with the Buffalo Bills, to kick off the camp in 2014. Each year, the duo recruits a staff of volunteers that hail from the fields and sidelines of the NFL, and is held near their hometown of Hyde Park on Long Island in New York. The popular event is a no-contact camp for kids in first through eighth grade with a particular focus on safety.
“Salgado and his team aim to inspire these kids to be the best they can be. They are eager to give back to their communities by creating an event that they wish they could have had themselves when they were young,”
Current and retired NFL players and coaches are on hand to teach not just the fundamentals of football, but how to work hard and apply the principles of the game to everyday life. Salgado and his team aim to inspire these kids to be the best they can be. They are eager to give back to their communities by creating an event that they wish they could have had themselves when they were young, dreaming of a future in pro sports. Although the camp was unable to safely operate this summer due to COVID restrictions, plans are in full swing to bring the players back out to the field soon.
Since the inaugural 2012 event, the golf outing has raised much-needed funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ’s Brain Aneurysm Center, the hospital where Salgado received surgery for the brain aneurysm that almost ended his life. Salgado’s community efforts have also benefited charities and organizations in Long Island and beyond. His commitment to philanthropy is fueled by gratitude for his health and the opportunity he’s been given to make his life’s work matter to those he serves
Along with bringing both of these events back in 2021, Salgado is working on his first book, in talks to produce a pilot episode for Fox, continues to lend his time as master of ceremonies to charity events including the Orthopedic Foundation, and is part of a new mobile, on-demand vehicle fueling company called Gas It Up.
If you ever see Salgado around NYC, send him a socially distant high five, cause this guy’s a good egg… and beat COVID to boot. Standing at 6’5” and with a heart just as huge, Big Daddy has certainly earned the moniker. His friends at The Magazine are grateful he’s healthy and back doing what he loves – inspiring his community and making a difference.