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UT to Hold Tribute to Honor Freddie Solomon

Published: November 17, 2011
The University of Tampa will host and participate in a tribute to longtime Spartan Freddie Solomon on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Hosted by the DeBartolo family, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and The University of Tampa, the event, Freddie & Friends, is a tribute to Spartan legend and former NFL star Freddie Solomon.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at The University of Tampa's Vaughn Center Ninth Floor. At 7 p.m., the premier of NFL Films "The Legend of Freddie Solomon" will then be shown at Falk Theater.

Proceeds raised will be used to create and permanently endow a scholarship at The University of Tampa in the honor of Freddie Solomon.

Tickets are available individually for $100 or through tickets packages. Please RSVP by Nov. 18 to or call (813) 963-5555.

Solomon was a four-year standout for UT from 1971-74 as he graduated with a then-NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 3,299. Solomon was then drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft.

He spent the majority of his time in Miami as a punt returner, prior to being traded to the San Francisco 49ers prior to the 1978 season. Solomon was converted to a wide receiver for 11 years with the Dolphins and 49ers, catching 371 passes for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns. Solomon also ran for 519 yards and 4 touchdowns while returning four punts and one kickoff for scores.