Matt Floyd, a redshirt sophomore from Milton, FL, is very involved on the USF campus. The 2013 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award winner holds numerous leadership positions while balancing his time between his football obligations and being a highly engaged and productive member of the USF community.
The 2012 Big East All-Academic selection was also nominated for the 2013 AIPAC student activist of the year award. A dual major in political science and international studies, he has served as vice president of The Order of the Golden Brahman leadership society, president and founding member of the CUFI cadre charter, a member of the USF National Hazing Prevention Board, a member of the USF Hillel, AIPAC pro-Israel activism cadre and a member of the 2013 New Traditions Competition Task Force.
While attending the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in Washington D.C., Floyd was among a group from USF that received the “Top 5 Campus Advocates of the Year” award.
Floyd has made an impact off campus while serving as an intern for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and coaching little league football.
About The Award: Freddie Solomon played his college football at the University of Tampa and went on to play for the Miami Dolphins for three seasons before joining the San Francisco 49ers where he helped win two Super Bowl championships. His career in the National Football League as a wide receiver came to a close after 11 years. Then the Sumter, SC, native known as “Fabulous Freddie”, came back to Hillsborough County to make a more lasting impact. Solomon devoted the next 12 years of his life to the youths of Tampa Bay, working with the Sheriff’s department to teach kids life lessons through football. His efforts impacted more than two decades of youths and his lessons are still carried on in the community. The Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award continues Solomon’s efforts to help make the world a better place by annually honoring a collegiate football player who has impacted the lives of others through giving and community service.