Solomon Elimimian

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Solomon Elimimian
No. 56     BC Lions
Date of birth: (1986-10-21) October 21, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Calabar, Nigeria
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): LB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
College: Hawaii
High school: South Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw
Organizations
As player:
2008
20102011
2012
2012
2012–present

Buffalo Bills*
BC Lions
Minnesota Vikings*
Cleveland Browns*
BC Lions

*Pre-season and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2011, 2014
CFL West All-Star: 2011, 2014
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca
Playing stats at NFL.com

Solomon Elimimian (born October 21, 1986) is a Canadian football linebacker for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010. In 2014, he won the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award and Most Outstanding Player Award. Elimimian is the first purely defensive player to win the league's Most Outstanding Player Award as well as the first player to win three different CFL awards in his career. He played college football for the Hawaii Warriors and attended Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, California.

Early years[edit]

Elimimian started playing football in the ninth grade at Crenshaw High School in South Los Angeles, California.[1]

College career[edit]

In his senior year with the Hawaii Warriors, Elimimian recorded 121 tackles and four sacks. By the end of his four years playing for the Warriors, Elimimian held the school’s all-time tackles record with 434 tackles.

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Following his collegiate career, Elimimian was signed by the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League and played in two preseason games. On September 1, 2009, he was released by the Bills.

BC Lions[edit]

Elimimian signed as a free agent with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on May 19, 2010.[2] Elimimian recorded 77 tackles, five sacks and 11 special teams tackles in only 16 games. For his impressive efforts, he finished the year by winning the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award for the 2010 CFL season. In the 2011 season Elimimian was voted as the leagues 'hardest hitter' according to a TSN annual Player Poll, voted on by more than 250 CFL players. Elimimian finished the 2011 season with 98 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. He went on with the Lions to capture the 99th Grey Cup.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Following two outstanding years in the CFL Elimimian decided to sign a two-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.[3] On August 25, 2012, he was released by the Vikings.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Elimimian was signed to the Cleveland Browns practice squad on September 1, 2012. He was waived from the practice squad on September 3, 2012.

BC Lions[edit]

Elimimian returned to the BC Lions part way through the 2012 CFL season. He only played in 6 CFL games that season, tallying only 12 tackles. Elimimian resigned with the Lions hours after the opening of free agency on February 15 2013.[5] Elimimian earned Defensive player of the Week honors for Week 6 after registering a forced fumble and an interception in the Lions win over the Blue Bombers on August 5 2013. He would finish the 2013 season with 73 tackles, 3 sacks and 3 interceptions. Elimimian had a record setting 2014 CFL season, setting a new CFL record for most tackles in a season with 143 (he was an amazing 54 tackles ahead of Bear Woods who would finished in second place that season).[6] In addition to setting the tackle record Elimimian added 5 sacks, 1 interception and 3 fumble recoveries. He won the 2014 CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award and Most Outstanding Player Award. He is the first purely defensive player to win the league's Most Outstanding Player Award as well as the first player to win three different CFL awards in his career.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, Mark (May 12, 2012). "New Vikings linebacker Elimimian hits hard, no matter his size". startribune.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ http://bclions.com/article/two-more-pieces-added-to-lions-defence Two more pieces added to Lions defence
  3. ^ http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Solomon+Elimimian+latest+Lion+leave/6056657/story.html Elimimian signs with the Minnesota Vikings
  4. ^ Craig, Mark. "No surprises as Vikings cut 15 players". Star Tribune. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/football/source-linebacker-solomon-elimimian-re-signs-with-the-b-c-lions-1.74882 Elimimian resigns with the BC Lions
  6. ^ "Preview: Elimimian looks to make history at CFL Awards". cfl.ca. November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Elimimian wins Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award". cfl.ca. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Un-D-niable: Elimimian makes history with MOP honour". cfl.ca. November 27, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 

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