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Solomon Wilcots

Joining me in the huddle this week is former Nfl defensive back Solomon Wilcots. You may know him from television and radio but he played for six years in the NFL and always had a plan to be successful. My favorite story of the podcast, he tells me of his dream to play basketball but how the High School basketball coach would not let him in the gym after football season. He knew football was going to be his choice after that.

Solomon has served in many roles across the landscape of broadcast television and radio, including studio host, anchor, analyst, and reporter. He joined CBS Sports in March 2001 as a Game Analyst, giving viewers first-hand game insights on the network's marquee sports brand, The NFL on CBS. He also has served as a live game analyst, sideline reporter, and field reporter for major sporting events which include the network's coverage of Super Bowls XLI, XLIV, and XLVII (2007, 2010, 2013), and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (2003-05).

Having joined the NFL Network at its inception in 2003, Solomon currently serves as a studio analyst, reporter, and contributor for the Los Angeles based station, which is also Wilcots' home town. He first appeared as host of the NFL Network program, Playbook, but is now currently seen across all of NFLN's platforms, namely, their signature show, Total Access. He simultaneously hosts TNF Storylines, which appears on NFL Media's digital platform, and is the only interactive in-game analysis in the NFL that integrates social media. Wilcots is also a weekly contributor for during their Thursday Night Football broadcasts, and previously wrote columns for them as well.

A versatile talent, Solomon is host of Sirius Satellite Radio's The Sirius Blitz, and co-host of their daily NFL show The Opening Drive, with Bob Papa. In addition, since 2014 Wilcots has served as an analyst for the Cleveland Browns' preseason broadcasts. Prior to that, he spent six seasons, from 2007 to 2012, serving as a game analyst for the New Orleans Saints' preseason broadcasts.

Solomon joined CBS Sports after working for ESPN as a Bureau Correspondent and Sideline Reporter for its national coverage of Sunday Night NFL games, where he received an Emmy Award in 2000 for his live reporting. He also covered the PGA's U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament, NBA Finals & Western Conference Finals, and Major League Baseball games for the cable network. Before ESPN, he served as the weekend sports anchor for WLWT-TV News 5 in Cincinnati from 1994 to 2003. Additionally, Solomon worked as studio anchor for Fox Sports Net's college football show.

Solomon played four seasons in Cincinnati, with the Bengals (1987-90), where he currently resides, one with the Vikings (1991), and finished his six-year career with the Steelers (1992). He was drafted in 1987 as an eighth-round pick after starting for two years as cornerback for his university in Boulder. While attending school in Colorado, he majored in English Literature, and studied in the school of Journalism. He also helped lead a program turnaround which led the team to two consecutive bowl game appearances.

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Gus Frerotte | 11/2/2020

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