Duke has a history of high quality student athletes both in the classroom and on the playing field so it is perhaps no surprise that Jonathan Lloyd continued that tradition during the 2018 season. The two-year starting wide receiver caught 46 passes for 557 yards and five touchdowns this season for the Blue Devils, but Lloyd’s skills on the field are only part of his story.
Taking on a number of leadership roles within the Duke locker room, Lloyd, named the 2018 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award winner, has emerged as one of those voices on the field that every player listens too. Having already picked up an undergraduate degree, Lloyd is busy working on his masters along with his football pursuits.
In addition, Lloyd was named to the 2018 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team because of his off-field actions. He assists at a local chapter of the Ronald McDonald House with fundraising, tutors at Lakewood Elementary School, and spends time with kids mentoring at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham. He also visits skill kids at Duke Children’s Hospital, helps with building projects with Habitat for Humanity, and serves with the Durham Rescue Mission to help rebuild people lives through his faith.
Lloyd is an inspirational student-athlete. In a world where many blame a lack of time on their lack of action, Lloyd is always looking for another project to help, another kid to lift up, or another family to support.
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.