Freddie Solomon
No. 86, 88
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:(1953-01-11)January 11, 1953
Sumter, South Carolina
Died:February 13, 2012(2012-02-13) (aged 59)
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school:Sumter
(Sumter, South Carolina)
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:5,846
Yards per catch:15.8
Receiving TDs:48
Rushing yards:519
Games played:151
Player stats at · PFR

Freddie Solomon (January 11, 1953 – February 13, 2012) was a professional American football player who was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd round of the 1975 NFL Draft. A native of Sumter, South Carolina, he was a graduate of Sumter High School class of 1971. A 5'11", 184-lb. wide receiver from the University of Tampa (where he had played quarterback), Solomon played in 11 NFL seasons for the Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers from 1975 to 1985. On December 5, 1976, Solomon had a career game, with 5 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, 1 rushing attempt for 59 yards and a touchdown, and a punt return for 79 yards and a touchdown.[1] Solomon won two Super Bowls as a member of the 49ers.[2]

On "The Catch", Dwight Clark's famous leaping grab that helped the 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC Playoffs, Solomon was the primary target on the play, but slipped coming out of his cut. Solomon made several key plays on the 49ers final drive of that game.[3][4]

Solomon died on February 13, 2012 after a nine-month battle with colon and liver cancer.[5]


  1. ^ "Freddie Solomon, a Star N.F.L. Receiver, Dies at 59". The New York Times. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "'The Catch' lands a spot in NFL lore". St. Petersburg Times. November 19, 1999. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Off On The Wrong Foot". Sports Illustrated. January 18, 1982. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "X'd, O'd and KO'd". Sports Illustrated. February 1, 1982. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  5. ^ "Former Dolphins and 49ers WR Freddie Solomon dies". USA Today. February 13, 2012. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012.