Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon died Monday after a nine-month battle with colon and liver cancer, according to FOXSports.com. He was 59.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend Freddie Solomon today,” former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement. “My heart goes out to Dee, his family, the 49ers football family, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office and football fans everywhere.
“Freddie and I have been friends for 35 years, and he was one of the most gentle and best men I have ever met in my life. Scores of generations will remember Freddie through their children and the youth he’s helped over all these decades. I have never met a man who cared so much about the human race, and there will never be another Freddie.”
Solomon played 11 seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the 49ers. According to FOX Sports, Solomon spent much of the last two decades helping youth in Hillsborough County, Fla., helping with programs that combined football fundamentals with life lessons.