While his leadership on the field is evident after being Utah’s total tackle leader in 2019, Devin Lloyd’s character is even stronger. Therefore, the University of Utah has nominated the junior linebacker for The 2020 Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award.
Lloyd is an avid volunteer in the Salt Lake City community, visiting patients in the Huntsman Cancer Institute and the main hospital, creating a special bond with a patient who was recovering from a skydiving accident.
“Devin Lloyd is one of those guys that does everything right, both on and off the field,” said Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham. “He excels academically, is an exceptionally hard worker, participates in community service and his leadership skills are second to none. It’s been incredible watching him develop right before our eyes and become the leader and person he is today. We’re looking forward to watching Devin’s continued success and what’s to come for him this season and in his future.”
Lloyd also visits local retirement homes and has organized drives to hand out water to the homeless. He is a team captain and a part of the leadership council on the team. He represents Utah in the Football Student-Athlete Working Group, started by the Pac-12. In addition, Lloyd is passionate about social injustice and human rights, organizing marches in downtown Salt Lake City among community members and other student-athletes, speaking at each event on current social issues, and his passion for kindness and understanding.
He is majoring in communications, earning a spot on both the Dean’s List and the AD Honor Roll in 2019 and 2020.
Freddie Solomon played his college football at the University of Tampa (Florida) 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 (Tampa) 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.
Information provided by Jordie Lindley
University of Utah Athletics