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Former 49ers Wide Receiver Freddie Solomon Dies of Cancer at 59

Former 49ers Wide Receiver Freddie Solomon Dies of Cancer
Freddie Solomon runs with the ball during the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, in 1985. Photographer: George Rose/Getty Images

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Freddie Solomon, who played on the San Francisco 49ers’ first two Super Bowl-winning teams, died yesterday from colon and liver cancer. He was 59.

Drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1975, Solomon was traded to the 49ers three years later. He won the Super Bowl after the 1981 and 1984 seasons, and in 1983 set a 49ers record that still stands by averaging 21.4 yards per catch.

“Freddie and I have been friends for 35 years and he was one of the most gentle and best men I’ve ever met in my life,” former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement on the team’s website last night. “I’ve never met a man who cared so much about the human race.”

In eight seasons with the 49ers, Solomon had 310 receptions for 4,873 yards and 43 touchdowns and also rushed for 329 yards and three touchdowns. He retired from the National Football League after the 1985 season with 371 career receptions for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns.

“I’ll miss him terribly, he was a great friend,” former San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark said in a statement on the team’s website. “He taught me how to be an NFL player. He was very unselfish with teaching me all the things I needed to know to play in the NFL.”

After retiring, Solomon worked for 20 years in community relations with the sheriff’s office in Hillsborough County, Florida, the 49ers website said.

Solomon is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dee.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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