Part of two 49ers’ Super Bowl teams, mentor to Jerry Rice and target of Joe Montana, former NFL wide receiver Freddie Solomon died today at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. “Fabulous Freddie” retired with 48 touchdowns and two rings.
“Freddie was very influential to me and my career, and taught me about work ethic and professionalism,” Rice said. “He inspired me to go out there every day and emulate him.”
Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s in the Bay Area, you were extremely lucky to have 49ers wide receiver, Jerry Rice, as your hero and hometown star. And now, #80 is going to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and for a man that has nearly 8,000 more yards all-time then the receiver at number 2, we are so happy that our childhood hero is getting enshrined. He was, bar none and by far, the all-time greatest. Congrats, Jerry.