October 9, 1964|
Los Angeles, California
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||189 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Riverside (CA) Rubidoux|
|NFL Draft:||1987 / Round: 8 / Pick: 215|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Solomon Wilcots (born October 9, 1964) is a former American football free safety in the NFL and a current national television analyst and broadcaster. Wilcots played six seasons in the league for the Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers.
He played college football at the University of Colorado under coach Bill McCartney. He was a medical redshirt as a freshman when the Buffaloes went 1–10, but the program enjoyed a turnaround during Wilcots' time there as a defensive back with records of 7–5, 6–6, 7–4, 8–4, and three bowl appearances. He earned a degree in English literature.
During his rookie season of 1987, he played in 12 games for the Bengals and recorded the first of his two career interceptions. In 1988, he was a starter in all 16 games, and in 1989 he played in all 16 games as a reserve defensive back. In 1990, he again played in all 16 games, including 10 as a starter. In 1991, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, playing in all 16 games, and in 1992, his final season, he played in 16 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wilcots began his television career as a weekend sports anchor for NBC Cincinnati affiliate WLWT from 1994 until 2003. During this time he spent three seasons (1998–2000) as a sideline reporter for ESPN's Sunday Night Football, for which he received an Emmy Award in 2000 for sideline reporting.
In 2001, Wilcots joined CBS, where he was a color commentator for CBS football telecasts, first paired with Ian Eagle from 2001–2008, followed by Kevin Harlan from 2009–2013, and Spero Dedes from 2014–2016. He is also an analyst on the NFL Network's NFL Total Access show. On NFL Network, Wilcots can be seen each week on "Playbook", utilizing the same "all 22" game film that coaches and players use to preview all of the upcoming games, alongside an array of former NFL players including Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Mike Mayock. Wilcots also is the co-host of "The Red Zone" on Sirius NFL Radio with Marty Schottenheimer, Gil Brandt and Carl Banks. Wilcots announced his departure from CBS in May 2017.
Wilcots is now an analyst for Sky Sports in the UK.
Appearances in other media
Wilcots appears as a playable player in All-Pro Football 2K8.
- Solomon Wilcots Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards - databaseFootball.com Archived 2013-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.
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- "Solomon Wilcots Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
- CBS Sports TV Team – CBSSports.com Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- "No more Sundays with Solomon Wilcots; Derby does well here". buffalonews.com. 10 May 2017.