Legendary linebacker Solomon Elimimian announces retirement from the CFL

Photo courtesy: BC Lions

The next time we’ll see legendary CFL linebacker Solomon Elimimian, he’ll be getting inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

The former B.C. Lion and Saskatchewan Roughrider announced his retirement on TSN.

I’ve always felt like I was meant to play in the CFL.

British Columbia will remain my home and Vancouver is my community. I’m finishing my Canadian Securities Certificate and plan to work in the capital markets.

That excites me, as does my work as the president of the CFL Players Association, where it’s my job to stand up for the players.

This is a great league with untapped potential – one that has given me so much and allowed me to meet so many great people.

It’s been a blessing and I thank God I was able to play in Canada and discover the CFL.

Elimimian finishes his career having played in 133 games, recording 833 defensive tackles, 36 special teams tackles, 33 sacks, eight interceptions, and nine forced fumbles.

The veteran linebacker played nine years in Vancouver and compiled an impressive resume. He burst on the scene in 2010 as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie. Elimimian became the first strictly defensive player to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player Award in 2014, earned two Most Outstanding Defensive Player Awards and five CFL all-star nods while on the Left coast.

Elimimian is one of the greatest CFL players of all time.