AUBURN — The Premier Players Foundation of Tampa announced Thursday that Derick Hall, a senior captain for the Auburn Tigers, is the recipient of the Solomon Community Spirit Award. As a three-year starter with 147 career tackles and 18.5 sacks, the defensive lineman has made a clear impact on the field. 

His impact off the field has made him an important part of the Auburn community with his support of Auburn Basketball as a member of the Jungle or his charity work in his hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi. 

"I want to give back to my community any way I can, because I've been blessed,” Hall said. “People have supported me throughout my life, so why not support them and give back when I have the ability to do so?"

The award is named for Freddie Solomon, a former wide receiver who played college football at the University of Tampa before heading to the Miami Dolphins of the NFL. After a three-year stint in Miami, Solomon joined the San Francisco 49ers and helped the team win two Super Bowls. After an 11-year career, Solomon returned home to Hillsborough County and dedicated the next 12 years of his life to working with the Sheriff’s department in Tampa to teach kids in the community life lessons through football. 

The Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award is selected by Solomon's family and the Premier Players Foundation and is about continuing Solomon’s efforts to have a positive impact on the world.

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