Tag:Ronnie Lott
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:42 pm

Former 49ers WR Freddie Solomon, dies at 59

Freddie Solomon died Monday at the age of 59. (Getty)
By Josh Katzowitz

Former 49ers receiver Freddie Solomon, an important contributor to Bill Walsh’s original West Coast offense, died Monday afternoon at the age of 59 after a battle with colon and liver cancer.

"With all that he has done, with all that he has meant to this community, Freddie Solomon is irreplaceable,”  Vin Hoover, Solomon's football teammate at the University of Tampa, told the Tampa Tribune. "He was my friend. He was everyone's friend.”

After his 11-year career with the Dolphins and 49ers from 1975-85, where he caught 371 passes for a 15.8 yards per catch average and 48 touchdowns, he stayed in Tampa and became a positive fixture in the community.

As the Tribune writes:
Solomon worked for two decades in community relations with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, working with youths while blending football fundamentals with life lessons. He rarely spoke about his accomplishments. For some, he dished out tough love. For others, he was a mentor. To all, he was simply "Coach Solomon."

Each winter for a dozen years, Solomon and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo organized a Christmas celebration for foster children. The kids got wrapped toys, dolls or games. Their stunned caregivers, usually struggling to make ends meet, were screaming or sobbing in disbelief after opening gift envelopes filled with hundreds of dollars.

He was constantly stopped in his daily travels by people who remembered his glory days. Solomon obliged with a handshake, a hug, an autograph or a quick photo. Once, a woman asked Solomon to telephone her father, a big fan, as a birthday surprise. Instead, on his way home from work, Solomon dropped by the man's house to personally share some UT memories. They talked and laughed for hours.

"Freddie Solomon was a treasure for us in San Francisco,'' said former 49ers safety Ronnie Lott, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. "What a humanitarian he has been for the city of Tampa."

Interestingly enough, he was just as generous with his teammates. Jerry Rice and Dwight Clark are on record saying how helpful he was to them early in their careers.

"He helped me when he didn't really have to,'' Clark said. "But as I came to understand, that's how he has always been with everybody. He has led an amazing life.”

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:41 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 3:08 pm

NFL wants big names for Player Safety Committee

Posted by Will Brinson

Player safety has dominated the headlines in 2010, and more changes are coming -- CBS Sports' own Charley Casserly reported Sunday on Inside the NFL that Commissioner Roger Goodell is going to form a Player Safety Committee which will make recommendations to Goodell and the Competition Committee in order to improve the game.

Casserly reports that Goodell is considering John Madden, Willie Lanier, Ronnie Lott, Derrick Brooks, Anthony Munoz and perhaps a game official to comprise this committee.

What will the committee discuss? Items that Casserly listed include: better consistency with the game officials calling the rules, how to educate players on applying rules as they play, making pads -- hip pads, thigh pads, knee pads -- mandatory.

And, maybe the most interesting thing Casserly mentioned was "widening the field -- widening the hash marks, opening up the middle of the field." Casserly noted that there's some belief that widening the field would make the game safer.

There will also be a meeting of helmet manufacturers in the future, where those manufacturers will discuss innovations to keep improving the quality of their product, including adding padding on the outside of the helmet and making the helmets lighter.

In other words, player safety is the type of storyline that won't be fading from the spotlight any time soon, and with good reason.

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Posted on: October 23, 2010 11:23 am

NFL Sound Off Week 7: Illegal Hits

Posted by Andy Benoit

This week, we asked:
If the NFL won't sell photos of illegal hits, should NFL Films continue glorifying old hits that today would be illegal? Why or why not?

The responses were fare more impassioned than usual. Here were the best…

Via Twitter ( @CBSSportsNFL )

 The NFL should continue to show the Hit Clips. Give me a break, this is Football!!!!!
@djcottonhere  It wasn't illegal then so yes they should still show them. Show how far the game has come & reason behind rules

@daverichard  (CBS's own fantasy genius) Weren't illegal then. And not all head2head hits are illegal NOW.

@pjcostello  No, both decisions are idiotic.. akin to removing scenes of smoking in old movies and cartoons. People need to get a grip.
@chad_mcmillan  Let the pussification of the NFL begin

@nicoenvy  They should stop showing those of clips. It just makes the players want to recreate hits by Ronnie Lott or Lawrence Taylor.

@chrish54  Most of those hits weren't illegal until recently when the league went all namby pamby.

@ TKleckner  Not if they were legal at the time of the hit. Shows Progession

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Paul Hawkins
That's like NASCAR not showing replays of crashes. Big hits are part of the game. It's a rough and violent sport which is why so many people tune in every Sunday in Football and Car racing - -

John E Parker The NFL has made its millions and now they can enjoy the benefits of hypocrisy.

Owen John I like what the NFL is doing personally. Because I can now send film of my greatest flag football moments so I can be in the league in 2 years.

Rod Robinson Yeah please... Soon we will need to be reminded of what football used to be like and those videos will come in handy!

Jarell Young I understand what they are trying to do with the safety of the players..but by doing this you are shutting down nfl flims and there will not be any highlights of football players for kids to look at and look up to like we have today. They need to really think this one over for the future of the kids who want to play football because this can also be use as a training tool for younger generations

Denise Gass Apparently there's a plan to replace Sunday football games with Madden Football. Look for the NFL to replace Steve Sabol with Roger Fargus, a 5'6" AV nerd who has compiled the best Fantasy Football and Madden Moments of the Century.

Kevin Carney  Once again in America, insurance companies are taking over. These hits have been going on a long time, " Jack Tatum",
These owners and players know the risks, even more so when they began to get paid.

Robert Smith Stop helmet to helmet however you have to stop it, but preserve the visual history of the game the way it was. Revisionist history is bullsh*t. Photos and film of leather helmets weren't outlawed after leather helmets were replaced

Nathaniel Achord Next thing you know they'll be removing folks like: Ronnie Lott, Jack Lambert, Ray Nitschke, Deacon Jones, Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus and Dick “Night Train” Lane from the HOF! We would'nt want to send the wrong message now would we!! After all these guys built their intimidating reputations based on jarring hits on offensive players.

Nathaniel Achord As a matter of fact we should fine them all $75,000 for thier misdeeds and set a precedent!!

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