American Football Database
Solomon Elimimian
No. 56     BC Lions
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-21) October 21, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Calabar, Nigeria
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: University of Hawaii
Undrafted in 2007
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Pre-season and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup Champion (2011)
  • CFL Most Outstanding Rookie Award (2010)

Solomon Elimimian (born October 21, 1986 in Calabar, Nigeria) is a Canadian football linebacker for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He played for two years with the Lions where he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010. He played college football for the Hawaii Warriors.

College career

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

Buffalo Bills

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

Elimimian signed as a free agent with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on May 19, 2010.[1] 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

Following two outstanding years in the CFL Elimimian decided to sign a two year contract with the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.[2] On August 25, 2012 he was released by the Vikings.[3]

Cleveland Browns

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

BC Lions (II)

After failing to make an NFL roster, 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.[4]