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Freddie Solomon Dead: Former Dolphins, 49ers Receiver Dies At 59

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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 1985, file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon (88) prepares for a handoff after lining up at quarterback during the NFL football NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears in San Francisco. Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 1985, file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon (88) prepares for a handoff after lining up at quarterback during the NFL football NFC championship game against the Chicago Bears in San Francisco. Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as "Fabulous Freddie" and committed himself to community service, has died. He was 59. Solomon lived in Florida and had battled cancer over the past year. The 49ers announced his death

SAN FRANCISCO -- Freddie Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as "Fabulous Freddie" and committed himself to community service, has died. 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," CEO Jed York posted on his Twitter account on Monday.

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.

His 43 TD catches with the Niners are tied for sixth most in team history.

Solomon was born on Jan. 11, 1953, in Sumter, S.C.

 
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