CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: EBay, 2022
- Freddie Solomon played college ball at Tampa.
- He was a virtuoso as QB, RB, or WR.
- Over his college career he accumulated 1573 yards passing and 10 TD passes, 2009 yards from scrimmage and 20 TDs on 366 touches.
- Selected in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
- Caught 22 passes for 339 yards and 2 TDs his rookie year.
- Also played on special teams, racking up 348 KR yards, and 26 punt returns for 320 yards and a 60 yard TD.
- Although not a factor in the Dolphins passing game the following two seasons either, he was a devastating punt returner, posting a 79 yard TD in ’76, and 11.4 yards per return overall in Miami.
- After a 252 yards from scrimmage against the Bills and 3 TDs, San Fransisco’s interest was piqued.
- Traded to the 49ers in 1978 along with safety Vern Roberson, and first and fifth round draft picks for RB Delvin Williams.
- The 9ers saw Freddie’s potential and gave him plenty of opportunities at WR.
- Set the franchise mark for longest TD grab at 92 yards in 1980.
- Freddie had a career high 59 catches for 969 yards in 1982.
- He’d also do PR duty as well, returning 2 for TDs in 1980.
- A key member of SF’s early Super Bowl runs, Freddie played 8 seasons for San Fransisco, posting 310 receptions for 4,873 yards and 43 TDs.
- Freddie retired after the 1985 season.
- 1975 All Rookie Team
I waited this one out for about 3 years, until the market started collapsing. I gambled that since Freddie was considered a lesser star, I would be able to get him at a pretty decent price.
Freddie passed away February 13th, 2012 after a 9 month battle from liver and colon cancer. He was just 59.