#56

Solomon Elimimian

Weight:

225 lbs

Height:

5' 11"

Position:

Linebacker

College:

Hawaii

Birthdate:

Oct 21st, 1986

Career Years:

5

Team:

BC Lions

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Highlights

2018

Solomon was limited to just four regular season games due to a wrist injury suffered against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on July 14. When he was in the lineup, Solomon was his typical productive self, amassing 26 defensive tackles. He put on his coaching hat during the back half of the season, signalling in plays for the defence from the sideline. Solomon was able to heal in time to start at middle linebacker for the Lions in the East Semi-Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he had five tackles.

2017

Setting a standard for linebackers across the league, Solomon was the heart of the Lions’ defence once again in 2017. Breaking his own record for defensive tackles in a season with 144, the veteran appeared in all 18 regular season games and added six more stops on special teams along with a sack, six tackles for a loss, five quarterback pressures, a pair of pass knockdowns and a fumble recovery. His remarkably consistent play was recognized by his nomination as the Lions’ Outstanding Player and Outstanding Defensive Player. Hitting double digits in tackles six times during the season, Solomon’s most productive outing came in Montreal on July 6 when he piled up 15 stops. His combined tackle total of 150 including six special teams stops is the second-highest combined total in CFL history behind his 2014 mark of 151.

2016

Another prolific and dominant campaign for Solomon as he returned from a season-ending injury in 2015 to once again lead both the Lions and the CFL with 129 defensive tackles. Paired alongside Adam Bighill, the dynamic duo became the first teammates in league history to surpass the 100-tackle plateau in the same season. Adding eight sacks, an interception and two tackles for a loss, Solomon earned the second Most Outstanding Defensive Player award of his career along with his third CFL All-Star selection and his fourth West Division nod.

2015

Solomon started six games for the Lions at linebacker, but had his season cut short after suffering an Achilles injury in Hamilton on Aug. 15. He finished the year with 43 defensive stops, two sacks and an interception.

2014

A historic and record-breaking year for the fifth-year linebacker whose 18-game path of destruction through the CFL included a new league standard of 143 defensive tackles to go along with five sacks, seven tackles for a loss, three fumble recoveries and an interception. The incredible numbers earned Solomon the CFL’s highest honours as Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player as well as West Division All-Star and All-Canadian nods.

2013

Solomon played 15 of the Lions’ 18 regular season games last year finishing second in defensive tackles with 73 to go along with three sacks and a career-best three interceptions. He recorded four tackles for loss and forced a pair of opponent fumbles leading to turnovers. Consistent and reliable, Solomon recorded nine games with five or more tackles in 2013 and five games with seven or more defensive stops. A late season injury prevented Solomon from playing in the Western Semi-Final. 

2012

Solomon signed in the off-season with the Minnesota Vikings and attended training camp with the club. He was released by the Vikings and signed to Cleveland’s practice roster on September 1, 2012. On September 13, Solomon was released by Cleveland and re-joined the Lions under his deferred status. 

2011

In his second full season with the Lions, Solomon blossomed into one of the finest linebackers in Canada. He had an all-star season, being named to both the West Division and All-CFL squads. Solomon finished second in the CFL in defensive tackles with 98 and third overall with an even 100 including his two special team stops. He missed two games due to injury and started all 16 games that he dressed for in 2011. He also played both post-season games and had six tackles in the 2011 Grey Cup victory. 

2010

Solomon filled in for injured Anton McKenzie, he earned the reputation of one of the leagues hardest hitters. He proved himself which ended up landing him the starting position. CFL Awards: Most Outstanding Rookie 2010 West Division Awards: Most Outstanding Rookie 2010

College

Elimimian played in 14 games for the Warriors in his senior season and led the team with 121 tackles, including seven games with 10 or more.  Wrapping up his career as Hawaii’s all-time leading tackler (434 tackles) and second all-time in the WAC, he was named WAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and also added 10.5 TFL, four sacks, five pass break-ups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  As a junior, the Nigerian-born Elimimian started 13 games at middle linebacker and led the team with 145 tackles, including 12 for a loss, to rank third in the WAC.  In 2006, he started 12 games to finish second on the team with 89 tackles.  As a freshman, he started 12 games and was named to the Scout.com All-America First Team and the Sporting News Freshman All-America team as a result of an outstanding first-year campaign.

Personal

Solomon began playing football in grade 9. Prior to that, his mom's fear of injury limited his gridiron experience to touch and flag football only. He was also a talented baseball player in high school. While enrolled at Hawaii he received All-WAC academic honours and majored in English. Solomon has two older brothers who also played football; Abraham who played at Hawaii as well as for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe; and Jacob who played at San Diego State. His most memorable football moment to date is the 2007 season at Hawaii when the team went 12-0 and played in the Sugar Bowl. Solomon spends the off-season in Los Angeles where he enjoys working out, playing video games and taking in episodes of Heroes.