San Diego Silverbacks Showing GDFL Some California Love


"Sleepless in San Diego"

The Gridiron Developmental Football league is pleased to announce another championship contender for our GDFL West Coast brand. We the GDFL welcome in the 2017 PAC West Champions the San Diego Silverbacks .  

 The San Diego Silverbacks known as the, "Gorilla Gang" are not taking no for an answer in the upcoming GDFL West Coast spring season after finishing at 6-6 that ended in the second round of the LDFL semi finals the Silverbacks are more determined then ever! 

"The San Diego Silverbacks put forth every effort to succeed at building an exceptional organization, while partnering with our sponsors. We are an organization based on respect and integrity, that discovers, transforms, and creates a platform to showcase superior athletic talent in and around San Diego County",said Co-Owner Layla Bouchard. 

Head Coach Elliot Limbrick, otherwise known as Coach Lim, has been involved in and has played an integral part of minor-professional football since 1997.  He began his career with the San Diego Crusaders as a defensive back.  During the 1998-2000 seasons he played for the San Diego Patriots.  He played the next two seasons with the San Diego Saints and finished the 2003-2004 season as a Southeast Raider.  In 2003, the Southeast Raiders achieved the accomplishment of Division Champions.

Coach Lim played for the San Diego Thunder during the 2005 and 2007 season.  The San Diego Thunder was ranked #1 in defense during the 2005 season and they were Southwest Football League (SWFL) Champions in both 2005 and 2007.  Between seasons with the San Diego Thunder, Coach Lim played for the San Dimas Smash in 2006.

Coach Lim has had the opportunity to play under numerous remarkable coaches during his minor league professional football career with the Southeast Raiders.  Noteworthy coaches include Steve Hayne (Los Angeles Rams & Los Angeles Generals – US Football League), Carl Wilson (Buffalo Bills), Leon Smith (Cincinnati Bengals), and Lonnie Mitchell (Baltimore Ravens & SDSU).

In 2009, Coach Lim became a football coach with Sweetwater High School in National City, which is his alma mater. 

In 2008, Coach Lim transitioned from minor-professional football player to coach with the San Diego Thunder as the Defensive Coordinator.  During that season, with a record of 16-4, Coach Lim was named Defensive Coordinator for South/East All-Star Team for the LCFL West All-Star Game.  Additionally, that same season, the San Diego Thunder achieved the following:

·         LaBelle Community Football League (LCFL) West Champions

·        NAFL Western/South Region Champions

·         NAFL National Championship Runner-Up

·         LCFL Top Ranked Defense

.         North American Football League (NAFL) Western Region Champions

"While others are enjoying the good weather, holidays, and weekend activities, the San Diego Silverbacks are quietly at work behind the scenes building something huge for the 2020 GDFL West Coast season. Watch these caged beast come out swinging in 2020", said Head Coach Elliot Limbrick.  

Season tickets for the 2020 season are currently on sale to the general public.Season ticket information is on the San Diego Silverbacks website at  

City: San Diego, California                                
Established: 2012
Stadium: Clairemont High School
Colors: Red,Silver,White and Black
Ownership:  Elliot Limbrick &  Layla Bouchard


The Gridiron Developmental Football League is a Professional Developmental Football League based in Memphis, Tennessee. This League was established to provide the community with high quality sports entertainment and to provide athletes the opportunity to participate in professional sports.

 We are looking at partnering with national and local area businesses in our pursuit of excellence and commitment to our community. Our commitment, dedication, and vision are set on building a firm foundation for professionalism and quality. The Gridiron Developmental Football League continues to strive to provide a quality minor professional level of football throughout the United States and beyond giving area athletes and fans the opportunity be a part of history. 

Our organization would like to thank you for your support. We are excited about the upcoming season and look forward to “Making AN IMPACT” in our Community.

Fans can visit our website at for upcoming announcements, ticketing info, and player tryouts.

The GDFL Communications Office contributed to this article.