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Former Miami Dolphins Receiver Freddie Solomon Dies of Cancer

Multiple media sources are reporting former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Freddie Solomon has passed away after a nine-month battle with cancer. Solomon spent three seasons with the Dolphins, from 1975 to 1977.

Following the 1977 season, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, where he won Super Bowl XI and XIX.

"There was no one who gave more on and off the field than Freddie,'' Hall of Fame 49ers quarterback Joe Montana said. "The warmth of his smile will be forever imbedded in my mind and heart.''

Solomon's 11-year NFL career ended in 1985. He amassed 5,846 yards receiving and 48 touchdowns over his career, along with 519 yards rushing, and another 4 touchdowns. He also had 4 punt return touchdowns and 1 kickoff return for a touchdown. Since his retirement, Solomon has worked in the Hillsborough County Sheiff's Office, serving as a youth mentor.

"Fabulous Freddie" had been hospitalized since February 4, after his battle with colon and live cancer took a turn for the worse. He died this afternoon at South Florida Bapitist Hospital, in Plant City, Florida. He was 59-years-old. Solomon is survived by his wife of 33-years, Delilah, his mother, Bessie Ruth Solomon , brothers, Richard, Oneal and Roger, mother-in-law Mae Jeffers, and brother-in-law Lanness and sister-in-law Patricia Robinson.