Jesse Solomon

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Jesse Solomon
No. 54, 58
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1963-11-14) November 14, 1963 (age 54)
Madison, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 249 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Madison (FL)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1986 / Round: 12 / Pick: 318
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Jesse William Solomon (born November 4, 1963) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and the Miami Dolphins. He played college football at Florida State University.

Early years[edit]

Solomon attended Madison High School but he didn't play football until his junior year when he started on the defensive line. He was not allowed to play in his senior season because of differences with the school administration. He later moved on to North Florida Junior College where he played intramural football.

He walked on at Florida State University and spent a year with the scout team, before being a backup linebacker and playing on special teams as a senior.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

After a private workout with scout Ralph Kohl and being rated very high for his athletic abilities, the Minnesota Vikings selected Solomon in the twelfth round (318th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. In his second season, he became a full-time starter at left outside linebacker and led the team in tackles after Chris Doleman was moved to defensive end.

In 1988, he led the top-ranked Vikings defense with 121 tackles (95 solo) and returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown. On October 12, 1989, he was sent to the Dallas Cowboys as part of the Herschel Walker trade.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 1989, he didn't start because there were conditional draft picks attached to the Vikings traded players and the Dallas Cowboys wanted the selections instead of keeping Solomon and the others. Head coach Jimmy Johnson eventually had second thoughts on the February 1 deadline and traded three future draft choices (third-round and tenth-round in 1990 and a third-round in 1991) to the Vikings for the right to retain the original full package of draft choices, plus Solomon, Issiac Holt and David Howard.

In 1990, he missed all of training camp in a contract holdout and reported to the team after the seventh game of the regular season.[1]

When told of his demotion to the second team on August 21, 1991, he walked out of the Cowboys' training camp and would eventually be traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for a sixth round draft choice (#149-Fallon Wacasey) on September 15.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On September 18, 1991, the New England Patriots traded Solomon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth round draft choice (#116-Dwayne Sabb). It has been speculated that the Patriots were used as a bridge team, because of a clause in the Herschel Walker trade that prohibited the Dallas Cowboys from sending any of the players involved to a team in the NFC Central division.[3]

Reunited with his former Vikings defensive coordinator Floyd Peters, Solomon went on to record 128 tackles (91 solo) in just 12 starts. On August 21, 1992, a contract holdout caused him to be released.[4][5]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

In 1992, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons and when he played against his former team the Buccaneers, he persuaded head coach Jerry Glanville to let him carry the ball as a running back after the Falcons had run up the score.[6] He finished with 147 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker.

In 1993, the team changed to a 4-3 defense and he was moved to middle linebacker.[7] He wasn't re-signed at the end of the year.[8]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On September 14, 1994, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.[9] He only made one tackle in two stints with the team, even though the Dolphins reached the AFC Divisional Playoff game.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Solomon earned a coaching certificate and degree from Florida State University and was the head coach for Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, Florida between 2001 and 2003.


  1. ^ "Wright, Solomon end their holdouts for the Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Patriots acquire Solomon". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pats deal Solomon to Bucs". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jesse Solomon". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bucs Cut Solomon On Eve of Miami Matchup". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Falcons rip hapless Bucs". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "New Falcons' defense gets Solomon-backing". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "3 Falcons Starters Cut Loose". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dolphins sign veteran linebacker Solomon". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Desperate Cowboys take look at Solomon". Retrieved February 19, 2016. 

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