2012-02-15

Former receiver Freddie Solomon dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Freddie Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as “Fabulous Freddie” and committed himself to community service for decades, died Monday. He was 59.

The 49ers announced the passing of Solomon, who lived in Florida and had battled cancer over the past year. He played on the first of the franchise’s four Super Bowl championship teams in the 1980s during an 11-year NFL career.

“The 49ers lost a member of our family today. We’ll miss you, Freddie Solomon,” 49ers CEO Jed York posted on his Twitter account.

The Dolphins selected Solomon in the second round of the 1975 draft out of the University of Tampa. He spent his first three NFL seasons with Miami and his final eight in San Francisco, finishing with 371 receptions for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns in 371 games.

During his stint in San Francisco, Solomon also ran for 329 yards and three TDs as an important member of late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh’s West Coast offense.

“ There was no one who gave more on and off the field than Freddie,” Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana said.

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