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Freddie Solomon Passes Away At 59

Former University of Tampa and 49ers standout Freddie Solomon has passed away at 59 after a battle with colon and liver cancer.

Freddie Solomon, a standout quarterback at University of Tampa and two-time Super Bowl winner with the San Francisco 49ers, has passed away at 59 after a nearly year-long battle with colon and liver cancer. This statement from the family courtesy of Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Freddie Solomon, a beloved family member, friend, community leader and coach,'' the Solomon family said in a statement released from Dee Solomon, his wife of 34 years. "We would like to thank those who have supported him throughout his life. We appreciate all the love and prayers during this difficult time.''

Solomon was an option quarterback with the University of Tampa before being drafted by the Dolphins to play wide receiver and traded to the 49ers in 1978. He earned the name "Casper" for his escapability and won the first of two Super Bowls in 1982. This statement from former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

"Freddie Solomon was a dear friend and a great teammate,’’ Montana said. "There was no one who gave more on and off the field than Freddie. The kindness he demonstrated was inspirational to all that knew him, and a joy to be around. The warmth of his smile will be forever imbedded in my mind and heart. Jennifer and I have been blessed to have him in our lives. We will miss you Freddie!"

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