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VANCOUVER — Solomon Elimimian has once again raised the bar for Canadian Football League linebackers.
The heart and soul of the Lions defence recorded his 144th tackle of the season on Saturday night, breaking his own record for the most tackles in one year.
Elimimian initially became the single-season tackles leader in 2014, when he moved past Eskimos linebacker JC Sherritt with 143 tackles in another all-star campaign. The feat helped him become the first ever defence-only player to win Most Outstanding Player.
The Lions linebacker, in his eighth CFL season, is once again in the running for some hardware in 2017. This past week, Elimimian was earned team honours for Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
It’s fair to say that his play has been a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable season on the west coast. With their loss to the Argos in Saturday’s finale, the Lions drop to 7-11, sitting last place in the West and missing the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
In addition to the new tackles mark, Elimimian has recorded six special teams tackles and a pair of sacks this season.