Solomon Elimimian: ‘A lot of people didn’t think that I could do what I did in my career’

Solomon Elimimian had a CFL career for the ages.

There were many doubters along the way, but Elimimian never listened to the negative noise. He slashed through it like a linebacker striking his target for a bone-jarring tackle.

“Nobody ever gave me anything. A lot of people didn’t think that I could do exactly what I did in my career. I’ve had a lot of tremendous teammates, I had a lot of great coaches. It’s all about the obstacles, overcoming,” Elimimian told TSN reporter Farhan Lalji.

Elimimian burst on the CFL scene in 2010 as the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie and became the first strictly defensive player to win the Most Outstanding Player Award in 2014. He earned two Most Outstanding Defensive Player Awards and four CFL all-star nods in his career.

“Ultimately, when I looked at my career, I’m a player that, when I have motivation, I’m able to do amazing things. When I looked around at my career I came to the decision that I accomplished everything that I want to accomplish. I’m healthy and walking away from the CFL under my own terms,” Elimimian said.

In addition to being named a West Division all-star six times, Elimimian holds the CFL record for defensive tackles in one season with 144 set in 2017. Elimimian played 133 regular season games over 10 seasons along with eight playoff games and helped the Lions win the 2011 Grey Cup.

“I thought long and hard about my career, and I made this decision a while ago. I’m announcing that I will be retiring from the Canadian Football League. I’m really excited about the next chapter in my life,” Elimimian said.

The ferocious linebacker is currently the CFL Players’ Association president and can still make an impact on the league off the field. Elimimian beat the odds and turned naysayers into believers and left a lasting impact on the league.

Must Read