You were one of the greatest players to ever play the game . Rest in Peace my friend , fly with the Angels , and play on Gods team !!
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
I remember listening to the radio in Sumter SC when Freddie was the Sumter QB, and they were playing my HS, Hillcrest. Hillcrest had another future NFL player...Henry Marshall. Freddie won the day...I think he scored 6 times! Then I got to watch him in Tampa...what a great player and from what I hear a Great man!
Never meet you , but heard alot about you from my dad and your brother. YOUR FAMILY AND WILL BE FOREVER LOVED AND MISS.
My deepest condolences to the Solomon family and friends. It is terrible to loose a loved one to death. May you draw close to the God of all comfort Ps 145:18.
peace and love freddie solomon
As a University of Tampa alumnus, I met Freddie several times at school and watched him QB the Spartans in some very exciting games. We had some good laughs at the post office when someone would call HIS name and we both turned around. A true gentleman who will be missed by so many. My prayers go out to his family. RIP
There is not one day that God has given us, that we do not think of you. We miss you in our home; however we continue to hold you in our hearts. One day we shall be reunited again with each other and most of all our Lord and Saviour. Thank you God for allowing Freddie Solomon, Jr., to be apart of our journey. What a Life Time Legacy you gave our family. We Love you and yes "There is still work to be Done" God Rest Your Soul,
Your Brother and Sister
I had the opportunity to work with this wonderful role model for our inner city youth while working with Hillsborough County 4-H. He would stop by our office to tell us where we needed to organize new clubs for "his kids." He taught the young people that they could be whatever they wanted to be as long as they were willing to work hard. He had high standards for all of them and they loved him for it. Freddie, often would drop by the office with a check to send kids from the inner city to 4-H Camp. Many of these kids had never been out of Tampa. Freddie had a heart of goal and never wanted recogniton for the things that he did for others. I feel sure God looked down at all the wonderful opportunities he had made possibe for the kids and said "Well done good and faithful servant, it is time for you to come home." I will always remember Freddie and hearing him say as he would leave our office, "Stay Sweet." I am so sad that my friend has left us on earth and will look forward to some day seeing him in Heaven. My heart goes out to his wife, Dee, who he always refered to as his girlfriend when he gave donations. I know her heart is heavy and can only hope as she reads what people are saying about her husband will in some small way ease the pain a little. My prayers are with her.
Rest in peace Freddie Solomon.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Raw talent wise, the greatest football player South Carolina has ever produced, and a humble servant of his people. I will be speaking at Frank Small's foru year anniversary memorial service which will take place right after Freddie's today in Sumter,SC. The two were best buddies at Sumter High and at the University of Tampa, and continued to play football together there. They had nicknames for each other...Freddie's nickname was "Smoke" and Frank's nickname was "Dick".
I met Freddie at University of Tampa, when a few of my homeboys from Tarpon Springs(spongers) joined him in 1972 as a Spartan. I used to skip school to see Freddie practice I was 15y/o at the time He told me in that very soft spoken voice of his. That I could come to the games& see him play, if I went to school made good grades he would pay for my ticket. At this time he was the MAN of TU. He had the effect of getting you to do what was right and doing your Best at it, &With a smile. He always followed the rules and want you to do the same.It was not just about football with him. He would say you need to have an education something you can always fall back on cause, you can't play football all your life. Granted I am female.I just loved the way he so sweetly played the game, He was Fabulous Freddie,Fast Freddie, Honest Freddie,& Smiling Freddie.He was all he could be, and that's all he wanted from the next person.His game said it all, but when Freddie spoke everyone listen. He was soft spoken but his word came over loud, clear, and meaningful. He always smiled and you would to if you ever had contact with him. At this time of loss, May you all know, His Compassion, His Grace, and His Love.May the love of God surround his Family during this time of sorrow. You're in my thoughts and prayers.He is the Greatest and will always be, cause he touch so many lives in his crossing, Thus his passing for ever living on.
Freddie thanks for the great friend ship. thanks for all your help in the parks and rec dept. I will never forget you. you are a great person. God bless your family. MIke Kruger Tampa Fla
Thanks for the memories Freddie..we sure go back a long way. Sorry your journey could not have been longer..Go Spartans!
Freddie you were a friend since 1972. Although I hadn't seen you much in recent years you were often in my thoughts and prayers. My prayers are with your family now. You were truly a beautiful human being. Thanks for all you brought to this community . I will never forget you. Fred Matthews
I had the opportunity to see Mr.Solomon play quarterback against FAMU in.1972 and have beeen impressed with him every since. A true gifted and caring soldier.
Richard and I loved Freddie! He was the best!! We enjoyed our conversations with you Delilah...We are sure that Freddie IS with the angels now. The difference is that he was one on earth!!!
Richard and Gabriella Grammig
We were mostly friends in passing. But when our paths would cross, Freddie always left me in a better place. I am proud to have known Freddie. My prayers are certainly with the Solomon family as well as all whose lives Freddie touched who will miss his shining presence.
Saw every game Freddie played for U of Tampa. Most exciting player to ever play the game. Talked to him a few times at HCSO and he was always a very positive and happy person. Miss you Freddie!
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
To the Soloman family.Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.Freddie is in a better place now. We in Sumter,SC will always remember Freddie and what he has done especially on his track and field day for the youth. Elvira Gaines Washington
I remember going over to your home with Frank. You always made us laugh, teasing us with kissy kissy sounds!
I know you're in a much better place living it up with the Angels! It was an honor to know you, even if it has been many years since I've seen you!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
We miss you Freddie . The Joneses
After reading these many messages, what more could I add about this kind, generous and unassuming gentle man, Freddie Solomon? Dee what a great tribute to him! What a compliment to you, the great lady by his side!!! Our condolences to you and "Sugar". You will have some very difficult days ahead, if we can help in any way, please Let us know!!
Our condolences goes out to Dee and the
Solomon family. We are praying for all of you. Freddie was truly a hero. May God continue to bless you and give you strength through your time of bereavement. We Love all of you and is praying for you
Oh how I miss those good old days when you played for Tampa U. May you rest in peace Freddie, and condolences to your family.
To Delilah Jeffers-Solomon and the Solomon family. We send our deepest sympathy. We were blessed to have angels like Freddie in our lives. In the early years of his legacy, he had you standing by his side. Take solice in the fact that he is still with us in the many hearts he has touched and the virtual book he has written for us to live by. What would he have said? What would he have done? One person CAN make a difference as he certainly has.
Sharon Pearson- Ech and Family
Classmate/Tampa Catholic 1974
How many people can say they got a chance to throw touchdown passes to 'Fabulous' Freddie Solomon? Well, I can. Of course it was on a sandlot in Sumter. S. C., our hometown. The last few times, Freddie was in the tenth grade and I was in the eighth. Even back then all the kids in the neighborhood were amazed at his blazing speed. But even more amazing was his engaging and energetic personality. I was enthralled with Freddie Solomon. He was the big brother I never had. When I left Sumter shortly afterwards and moved to Killeen, TX because of my dad's military career, I only got a chance to see him in person a few more times, never as an adult. But I rooted for him throughout his distinguish NFL career. The World lost a good man Monday, February 13, 2012. As one version of that famous quote attributed to Edmund Burke states, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
I will miss and I mourn my childhood friend. I love you Freddie.
Rev. Everett James, Sr
I had the pleasure of coaching against Freddie his Senior year in High School. He was an outstanding football player. R.I.P. Freddie.
A Hero (not just mine) - One of the best men I ever knew. I was lucky enough to have a relationship, and not just a fondness of a greatness. Beyond the success of his athleticism (which brought me in as a fan), he continued to "wow" me as a member of my community. He was so fun to watch and to be a part of that era (UT, at Tampa Stadium) is unforgettable. Later, in my life, I found out my Grandfather - in - Law (Julio McnNenney) was one of the first QBs at UT and to watch Freddie succeed was just another bonus.
Our freindship continued
Continuing to watch his "greatness" in the NFL, just brought pride to us (Spartans and the entire Tampa Family, and My dad , "Mike", and his freind Bernie Epstein). These are the men that introduced me to Freddie, and I was able to continue our friendship as adults. He has been an incredible influnece on many, but I want you to know, he made an incredible impact on ME. I want to share eveything, but there isn't enough space - Much love to Dee, and I will miss you FREDDIE - Missing you Already, but now you can hang with Mike and Al , and of course Bernie and Betty - Watch Out !!!!!!
he was jerry rice before there was a jerry rice
Freddie Solomon was one of a kind. I remember when some of the Miami Dophins, Larry Little and those guys would call him "Casper". The name of the friendly ghost. Oh, how Freddie laughed. He had a great sense of humor and then went out and kick butt on the field. Those were the great days with Freddie in Miami. Thanks for the memories. Now, go get the true crown where love, peace and joy will last forever with the KING!
To the family, we trust God will take care of you until you see Freddie again.
& Sylvia Taylor. P.A.
Freddie Solomon is gone but not forgotten. I first met Fred in 1972 when Tampa and Kent State played in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Kent alumni and football supporters stayed at the same hotel with the Tampa team and it was really an awesome time. It was at that time that I met John Matuzak, as he and Freddie played together at Tampa. Freddie kidded me about John during that week. Needless to say, Tampa beat us. So goes the game of football. As his football career moved ahead, Freddie was always gracious amd friendly, and took the time to sign autographs for kids and talk to fans.
Rest in peace Freddie. Go to the great football field of white and enjoy another game, with those who are waiting for you. Your family will miss you but will remember your courage, your love of life, your love of kids, and your commitment to living life to the fullest - to the end. Your presence was a gift in our lives.
May the white light of peace and the love of angels be with your family, the teams, the community, the kids and those who lives you touched.
Deepest sympathy is sent to the Solomon family. I remember Freddie when he was the star quarterback of the University of Tampa football team. Tampa Stadium was small, and UT was as well--everyone knew everyone. I was the youngest cheerleader of the squad always rooting for the Solomon-Wakefield connections. Freddie was a genuinely kind person. You knew just by meeting him that Freddie would go places and make a difference in the world. He had that special and remarkable gift.
Freddie, you brought such joy to the Faithful here in California. I remember you bringing such fun and dignity and humor to the team. Thank you for all you did in this world, for walking your path with Grace and Dignity. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
Our condolences to Dee and the rest of the family. I met Freddie through Dee, we worked together and had some wonderful times at their home in Tampa. What a nice and sweet man he was! Dee I know how you feel, please know that you'll always have a friend here in Tampa. Freddie, you are now at the feet of Jesus, you have seen His beautiful face! Till we meet again...
Raisa and Ron Pruitt
Thanks for the Niner memories. My prayers to your family.
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Freddie Solomon, one of the greatest and most humble men I have ever known. I remember Freddie jogging through the streets of Sumter, while stopping by our family's funeral home and my grandfathers house to talk and say hello while he was in town. Freddie will be greatly missed as God has summoned another "Angel" to join his flock.
(Grandson of D.C. Mellette)
Sumter, South Carolina
I was one of Freddie's early coaches at Lincoln High School. It was evident at an early age, he was a talented athlete. We talked of his needs to be prepared academically to have some choices when he graduated. I left to go to Graduate School and my career took a turn.I kept up with his career and last saw him during the week of the College All Star Game and we talked as we walked around Evanston, Illinois. It was evident that his "greatness" exceeded his football prowess. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
To the family of the late Freddie Solomon: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please be encouraged in the Lord.
Rev. and Mrs. James Blassingame and the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Family,Sumter,S.C.
I remember Freddie from Sumter High School, he and I were in a few classes together, I graudated in 1970 and Freddie was always a gentleman a little quiet at times, but always nice and always having a kind word to say to everyone, and about people he knew in general. Thanks to Freddie I was nominated and won MISS HOMECOMING OF SUMTER HIGH SCHOOL in 1970. May God keep you safe and warm in His bosom, and God's Mansion is ready and waiting for you to enter. Always, Virginia Rich-Charrette. ( NEW YORK)
Thank u for putting Sumter SC on the map may your soul be at peace. Our prayers will continually be with your family.
Oh what a great man you were and yet for all of your greatness you were so reachable and so humble. But that's what made you great because for you Freddie, the world was more about the have not's than the have's. You gave, I mean you gave it all to those young kids-always caring about another life, making sure they knew what is right from wrong and always out front leading. It's been years since we've spoken but I'll always remember those chats as moments that I call highlights in my life. I wish that I might have had one more talk, one more chat with you but my dear friend I am content with just simply having known the Freddie most people don't know. My life is fuller because of you and the examples you set for others to follow. Rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord, my friend. You fought the battle and won.
To Family & Friends, My deepest condolence. I had the privilege to meet Freddie, and what a great man. He even brought a signed picture, as which I have hanging in great pride. We are all blessed just to have him on the earth & now our Father In Heaven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spriritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 kjv
I send my deepest sympathy to the Solomon family. I will always remember Freddie as great person,friend and teammate. He gave me the name " hitman " my freshman year at UT. RIP
I remember Freddie from Sumter. He was active in the youth group at Emmanuel Church where my mother was the advisor. We watched him play every Friday night at Sumter High School games. Later I was so proud that I "knew" an NFL player. May he rest in peace.
i played ball with Freddie & the Dolphins. He said after one of the games"I cant see no more"
He always was a heavy hitter.
Red Collins-east St. Louis
Freddie and I lived in the same community in Sumter. He was always a very nice person. I have found memories of him 'learning' football by the older guys in the community such as Bar-Red, James, and all the others. Of course, they took credit for all his successes. May God comfort the Solomon family as they celebrate the life of an exemplar citizen and professional. I am so very proud of you!
Sheila Ann Parham - Davis
To a true Friend...Freddie was an outstanding quarter back at UT and I had the pleasure of sitting in my office at the old gym talking to you about your future in Pro Football which we all knew was going to happen.
You passed on at such a young age but the Good Lord had the Grace to let us have you these few years. I remember asking you how you ran so fast and you said "You'd run too if you saw all of those big guys coming after you." You were great on the field and off and will be missed in Hillsborough County in the years to come.
My condolences to Dee and the rest of the Solomon family. Freddie touched so many lives on and off the football field. I will never forget when he ran a 99 yard quarterback sneak for a touch down against FAMU at Tampa Stadium in 1973. Freddie was the fastest player in the world during the 70's. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Rest in peace my friend.
UT class of 1976
Freddie was truly among the very best men in all of sport and far beyond. The lives he touched have been changed forever and no doubt far beyond those of us who are left behind. I hope we live and love enough to deserve to see you when we arrive on the other side. May the Lord hold you close Freddie, and may the joy you now know be even greater than you'd ever dreamed.
Freddie Was The Greatest Player Comming Out Of Sumter SC We Will Be Praying For The Family
Albert Prince And Family (Big P)
I extend my deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Solomon family. Freddie was simply one of the greatest human beings in life. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have known him and his family for so many years. A kind and gentle man who impacted this world for generations to come. A true hero. May God bless and keep you.
Met Freddie at Shrine Bowl in 1970 he put on a show!!!!!! Also watced him all the time with 49ers. RIP FREDDIE.
Freddie and I played together with the Miami Dolphins and I will always remember him as a very kind, gracious young man. I considered Freddie a friend and can only offer my deepest sympathy to his family at this very difficult time. May he rest in peace.
As a life long Niner's fan I remember Freddie helping the Niner's win Superbowls. The Niner's did Freddie a solid this year! Thank you Freddie for your commitment to football and beyond. You will be missed.
I met Freddie in 1970 in Charlotte, NC. He and I were Shrine Bowl roommates. I followed him throughout his professional NFL career and had the pleasure of watching him show his athletic skill set, just as he did in the Shrine Bowl and was awarded the MVP on that day.I was very fortunate to have had this aquaintance with him. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family.
May god bless the entire family during this loss and throughout life. You are all in my prayers.
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. i hope that Daniel 12:2 bring you much comfort during this difficult time. There is says:"And there will be many of those asleep in the ground of dust who will wake up, these to indefinitely lasting life...
I remember meeting Freddy when I worked at the Manning Avenue Free Studio which was a few blocks from Red and White Street where he grew up. He would always stop by the studio whenever he was in town. He would counsel, challenge, and otherwise encourage the kids who were there to always do their best. He was a great football player, but he was an even greater person. You could sense that he saw his celebrity as a gift to be used to help others. May he R.I.P.
You will be greatly missed, our friendship has spanned for many years and you have been the kindest and most generous man and friend anyone could ever have. I have learned so much from you and your patient guidance. You were
blessed with an Angel,"Dee" and you knew it, she is an amazing woman and loved you dearly. I want to say what an honor it was to have known you and called you friend, Coach, We love you.
We will have your family in our prayers.
My deepest sympathy to the Solomon Family. I did not know him personally but I was proud to know a young black male from Sumter, SC had made it to professional football and was doing well. I was from Mayesville, SC and it made me proud to say he was from Sumter and and how proud and historic for him to make it in the profession.
Dee, he was one of God's Angels. I had the privilage of meeting him during his recruiting trip from Sumter with his good friend Frank Smalls. Coaches gave me some money to take them out to lunch at Shea & Prange across the street. After a $15 meal I believe he was sold on UT. Best investment the University of Tampa ever made. Loved the guy and I'll all of us who knew Freddie will miss him. Dave Tomeo
TO THE FAMILY OF FREDDIE SOLOMON ISAIAH 40:1 COMFORT,COMFORT MY PEOPLE SAYS THE GOD OF YOU MEN.
It was the Fall of 1971...Freddie's first season at UT. I joined the Spartans as a transfer from West Point. In 1970 I played against Johnny Rodgers, the Nebraska phenom who went on to win the Heisman. After the very first practice in Tampa, I figured out that Rodgers must have transfered to UT and assumed a new name. And he had gotten a little bit better!
At that very impressionable time in our life, who could have imagined that I and his other teammates would come to first see Fabulous Freddie -not as a superstar, but as a friend to "anyone he thought he could help". Freddie's life is the story of a man whose true greatness will live as an inspiration for all those touched by his gifted hands. I am honored to be one of those.
RIP Johnny Heisman(or whatever nickname God decides to give to his new sidekick)
Dee and family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Freddie's illness and now his passing. I know there were so many great times and I hope those memories will sustain you and bring you peace. I will also hold onto those early memories of the two of you. My love and prayers have been and will continue to be with you. Love you & miss you! Judy Martinez Caprara
May God provide comfront and strength for his family and close friends. Oh Lord, hear my prayer.
Freddie is missed already, He will always be in my heart, we shared a good freindship, his kindness was shared with all. God Bless
R.I.P Freddie. You will truly be missed.I'll always remember you telling me I saved you. I'm so glad I was able to help. To Ms. Bessie and the rest of the family you are in my prayers.
the Sports World loss a great athelete;the Real World loss a great man, my condolences to the family Gerald Hill (houston,tx)
I met Freddie in College and had the pleasure of watching him show his athletic skill set. He was a great Football player and a even greater human being. I will see him on the other side.
My deepest sympathy go out to the Solomon
Family's& Mrs.Mae Jeffer
May God Blessed You All,
We loved you. Thank you for the legacy you left in our community. Your family is in our prayers
Renee and Ron Vaughn, University of Tampa
Solomon family: Sorry for your loss. I pray that your family gains comfort during this difficult time.
the city of sumter has lost one hell of a man now you an shalton are together again
I did not know Freddie personally, but I feel as if I did.
I don't think that I missed many games when he was the most exciting football QB at UT, and I followed his pro career
with pride, knowing I saw him when.
He lived will class, and will be missed by all.
RIP Freddie, you deserve it.
Greetings to the Solomon Family,
It has been along time since, I spoke with Freddie. We grew up together in Sumter, SC...We attended Bates Middle School, Lincoln High...transitioned in 1971, to Sumter High School in our Senior...graduated from Sumter in 1971! Dear friend time has slip by and there was not an opportunity to say good-bye. There are many miles and years between our last meeting standing outside on Brand Street talking. You are missed dearly friend, brother, and across the tracks' neigborhood success story...I Love YOU...Dean. To the Family my prayers and thoughts are with you, during this time of loss and sorry. "Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might"
I attended high school with Freddie and he was without a doubt the rock that kept all of the students focused during a difficult time. The best person and high school football player I have ever seen... . PERIOD. God Bless you Freddie and your wonderful family. I want you on my team when I get to heaven!
A great football player and an even better man!
i knew him for at least 30 yrs and even before the TBbucs. when Miami was the only game in town. he was brighter than the stars and kinder than valentines day..RIP!
Gone but definitely not forgotten. The best high school football player ever seen in this state.
Best wishes to the family to celebrate the life of Freddie Solomon; he is in a better place with no pain!
Rest in Peace Freddie! I remember your at days at university of Tampa.I think you also played in East vrs West shrine football game. What a great football player.Gone to soon, thanks for all the memories.
Sad to hear of Freddie's passing. I attended the U. of Tampa a few years before Freddie played there, but I remained a Spartan fan and saw many of his games. He was a remarkable player, and from everything I have heard, he was an even better person. After his pro career in San Francisco, he returned to Tampa and remained an active supporter of the university and a mentor to young people in the community. He will be missed by all his friends in the Tampa area and by everyone who enjoyed his football career.
Freddie was a very good person on the field, but he was a great person off the field with all he inspired with his comunity service. These communities you touched are going to miss you, as will we all.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Freddie was the best Sumter High School Gamecock ever. I had the pleasure to play football and baseball as boy with Freddie. I will alway remember the nickname that feddie give me. I prayer that Solomon family be comfort in the days to come I see you in heaven one day. Elder Alonza C. Snipes New Braunfels TX
49ers were always one of my favorite teams and so enjoyed watching you play. Rest in peace, Freddie.
May the light of God bring you to Heaven.
"Our work helping children is never done."
Thank you for all the wonderful memories ... What a great football player but an even better man !! 49ers forever
The town of Sumter and the whole state of South Carolina is saddened by your passing. May you rest in peace and may God bless your family during this time.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Solomon Family. I never was fortunate enough to meet him but as a young boy I played a lot of football with his nephews Aaron and Richard and was coached by his brother Richard Sr. They were great people so I can only imagine he was the same. May he rest in peace.
I extend my kindest thoughts and deepest sympathy for his wonderful family. Anyone who meets you from now on, will know the best parts of Fast Fred.
Freddie was my most favorite 49er during the Walsh' era. There was always excitment when he got the ball. His running style was unusual but effective. He seemed that his heavily muscled legs did not permitt him to fully extend them in a full stride. In my minds eye, I can still see him making those exciting runs at Candlestick. I will miss him. ~ My sincere condolences to his family.
When I read the Orlando Sentinel sports page this morning it took me back to 1970 when the Univ. of Tampa had the most spectacular football program for a small University. I also know that many of the athletes stayed in the area. I am saddened for Freddie's family and friends. I know Rick and Sandy Thomas must be amoung them. Raye McMullen Roth, Winter Park, FL. Class of '70
He was my hero growing up in sumter s.c. we had so few at the time. the class of 1974 sumter high sumter.
Sherman R.James, senior chief ,USN,Retired
It was great to meet a person like Freddie. God bless his family and friends.
Freddie, thank you for your wonderful service to the Univ of Tampa and that of all people that you touched. We met while I was at UT and you came back as you always did for the campus awards program. I will never forget that wide smile of yours and the inspiration that you provided. JV UT '82
I sadly never got to meet this wonderful man, but I work for the company Dee works for. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Freddie's family and friends - we lost an amazing person.
Our sentiments to
Was inspiration to
The football team/
Thank you for the
Games of this Cool Team
the legendary (49ers)
And a Community
Blessings to you
Spirits rest in peaceful
Back into the afterlife
of light'Bread of Christ'
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
You were the best Ive ever seen.....
I had the pleasure to play with Freddie at the Uof T. He was an outstanding athlete and Qb. I will always remember the day that pro scouts came to time him in the 40 yard dash. He ran a 4.25 and the scouts looked at each other then their stopwatches. They asked him to run again and he came back with a 4.3 remind you this was on natural turf. I played gaurd when freddie was a senior, he made our job as linemen easy, and made us look like all-pro's. I will also never forget the player that I played with(John Matusak,Paul Ornadoff, Darrel Carlton,Ervin Smith the list goes on) Just goes to show you what kind of a football program they had at Tampa. Thanks Freddie for the memories, I will never forget. In Sorrow Roy "frankenberry" Grant Finleyville, Pa.
Thinking about my dear friend and brother "The Fabulous One" Freddie Solomon. To Delilah, Sugar, Freddie's mom Mrs Solomon, his brothers, and the Robinson Family... my heartfelt condolences during this sad and most difficult time. Dee, You know how I felt about Freddie. He was not just a friend, he was "Family". We met in late June of 1971 and were friends for over 40 years. I guess you can say that we "grew up together." I had hoped that after he retired from pro football that we would spend more time together, like learning the back 9 at Avila Golf Course or something like that. But Freddie jumped with both feet into his new "life" as a Liaison between the Sheriff's Dept. and the Community. As Freddie would say, "There is work to be done." I know that he touched thousands of young peoples' lives and even got many to "pull their pants up and become accountable for their actions." On the "playing fields of sports and the playing field of life", Freddie Solomon was a CHAMPION. Freddie Solomon also had a GOOD NAME. "Blessed is the person who lives with a good name and departs this world with a good name Of such a person did the Bible say: "A good name is to be treasured above precious oil. Conferring honor on family and friends, inspiring and challenging those who carry on. The righteous need no monuments; thier good deeds are their memorials. The kindness they have shown, the love they have given, remain in everlasting remembrance. The earth of the grave does not cover them; the hand of time does not erase them. Their achievements are more lasting than granite, their devotion is an enduring legacy." Freddie, You lived a great life and fought a courageous fight; now Rest in Peace my brother. We love you....Bruce aka "Earl", Milton aka "Yucky Dog", and Jacquelyn aka "Princess"(Freddie has nicknames for everyone) and the rest of the Rosen Family
Thank you, Freddie Solomon, for encouraging others to schedule their colonoscopies. You will continue to save lives and do good for many years to come. May God comfort your family on their great loss.
I had the pleasure of watching Freddie play @ University of Tampa and the San Francisco 49rs and he brought lots of joy to all his fans. God has gained a tremendous athlete and person. God bless his family and friends.
My prayers to the Solomon Family, Freddie was a great 49er, and a wonderful man. God now has a new Angel by his side.
Freddie You are the best god bless you!
George from Panama City, Panama
My deepest condolences go out to the entire Solomon family. I got know Freddie thru my great friend Willie Harper during their years with the 49'ers. A great guy for sure. Freddie, you will be missed my man. May You Always Rest In Paradise! God Bless....
I did not know Mr. Solomon personally but consider him the best high school football player I ever saw - it is evident that he was an even better person.
It does get late in the evening and when our Father calls, we obey. I will see you in the Morning my brother. I thank God for You!!!
My brother and I met Mr. Solomon at the Hall of Game. Mr. Solomon was the most Humble and down to earth person I have met. Mr. Solomon informed us he worked with security, he shy away from attention. So whenever my brother and I wanted his attention, we would Yell Security! And Mr. Solomon would come right over and talk with us. Growing in Canton, Ohio we have had the opportunity to meet many great athletes and Mr. Solomon is the BEST.
thank you Freddie for all the games i watch you play in. although you up set my cowboys may God receive you open arms thanks for the memorise.
To the Solomon family my deepest sympathy, I remember Freddie visiting our home many times back in the day. He and my sister was classmates and our families were good friends. He will be missed! May god give you peace in this time.
"Thank you" Freddie for all you did for the 49er team/fans! May Perpetual Light Shine Upon You & May You
Rest In Peace. Amen.
I will always remember Freddie as a great football player and teammate,and that he treated me with kindness and respect which I will always be grateful.
Freddie was a great friend of the Claven family. I remember how he would come over on orange st and just hang out and just be one of the guy's. To us he was the Man and we followed his successes over the years and treasured the memories of having known him as both a friend and hero. God's speed my brother in Christ.
Thanks for the memories, Freddie. I watched you when I was a kid during your 49er days...you are a true champion. May God's love be with you and your family always.
Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. Dee, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Solomon family during this diffcult time. We will continue to celebrate Mr. Freddie life and ministry.
My prayers are with Freddie family & friends, what a great football player, & I am sure he was not just a great player, but a grand Father, & husband
I remember Freddie When I was growing up in Sumter S.C we are from the same home town. He was my Idle when I was a child and one of my hero's in football and my home town you will be missed Freddie.
I think Freddie Solomon is the Greatest
player in the NFL .
I will always remember the "Freddie Solomon Days" we celebrated in Sumter. I will treasure meeting all the NFL players Freddie brought to his hometown.Prayers to the family. Rest In Peace, Love You Freddie Solomon
I,GRADUATED WITH FREDDIE AT UT. THE GREATEST FOOTBALL PLAYER I EVER SAW,ALSO THE MOST DOWN TO EARTH SUPERSTAR I EVER MET. GOD BLESS RON MARTUSCELLI, CLASS OF 1975.
RIP to another loving servant of the Lord.
I met Freddie 1 time back in 78-79 at the body shop gym in Drew Park. talked to him for about 30 minutes. super nice guy.
our sympathy to the freddie solomon family mae god be with you all ways from bryant family tampa fl
A great football player, a great person, thanks for the memories in SF
Dee, I am so saddened by the loss of Freddie. I met him for the first time in my parents kitchen (I was 10) when he came over as a senior at Sumter high and my daddy was his coach. He always called me princess and always made me feel like one. We in the Satterfield family love Freddie and his is a great loss , but I know his impact on all who encountered him will live on. What a great light he was and still is. So much love to you and his Mama and rest of the family. So proud of the man that young teenager from Sumter became. Blessings over and again!
Freddie was my all-time favorite player. I don't have the words to describe what Freddie meant to me. I love Freddie Solomon. May God bless and comfort Freddie's family.
I saw freddie lead south carolina over north carolina in the shrine bowl many years ago. his coach in that game willie varner of woodruff predicted freddie's nfl future. great athelete, great person. rest in peace in the arms of God
Dee & family, So sorry to hear of Freddie's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Freddie Solomon and family. I'm from Canton Ohio, and I had a chance to meet Freddie in 2008 during the Hall Of Fame weekend. Not only was he the nicest NFL man I had ever met but he was so down to earth and he could make you laugh. We took a picture together. I will always remember Freddie Solomon. Rest In Peace my brotha.
I am deeply saddened at the passing of an all time great Tampa U player and a pillar of the community.As an alum of the Univ. of Tampa, I followed his fabulous career in college and throughout his pro career. One of a kind QB..had Michael Vick speed and a rocket arm. RIP,Freddy.
All I can say is Thank You Freddie for your friendship. He was always such a pleasure when visiting my Hardware Store. Blessings to all.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Freddie Solomon.Watched him throught out his career. Starting at UT.A true motivator for all young people to do their best.God mercy and grace through Christ Jesus toward all who seek the Lord. Will miss you Freddie.A legacy to admire and try to do as well.
My condolences to the Solomon family. May the hope of Paradise with the prospect of living forever bring yuo comfort.
Freddie,you never change, and we love you for being that great person that we will all remembered as a cousin, friend, and our hero, we love you, and our prayer r with u and your family.
God Bless the memory of Freddie Solomon. He was a real credit to all mankind. It was a real joy to watch him play football at the University of Tampa.
As Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences, I had the honor of signing Freddie Solomon's application for his degree at the University of Tampa. He was a good student and an outstanding individual. He is an example of what a young man from humble background can achieve if given a chance to demonstrate his many fine qualities. I was always very pleased with his accomplishments which came because of his hard work and dedication.
It was sadden to hear that one of Tampa Own and University of Tampa passed away. He was a gifted individual, sometimes I wished he had played with the Bucs, But He will be remember in many nfl fans as the Tampa Bay Community. Make God Bless his family GL Hicks Usa Retired Medic now living in Alba ,Tx.
I had the privilege and honor of becoming friends with Freddie when I was a senior at Chamberlain High, and would train with him during the summers before he went off to training camp and I left for college two-a-days. The impact this great man had on me stretched far beyond football. Freddie believed in me, and taught me how to believe in myself. I am forever grateful. My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family. RIP Freddie, God Bless.
In those days of the University Tampa playing in the Ole Sombrero Freddie Solomon making the crowd leap to our feet as he raced to the end-zone!!! RIP Freddie.
From Dea. Robert Burgess & the entire Burgess.
Another great man to leave this earth before his time. I met Mr. Solomon as a young Leto HS football player back in 1982. I will never forget our conversation.
Thank you Fast Freddie. Delilah, I will always remember that call you gave me in Sept 1981 regarding getting a Niner's jacket for my 5 yr. old. I was living at Lake Tahoe, CA at the time. Freddie sent me such a beautiful letter. I don't know if you remember the letter but in it I thought they'd win the Super Bowl. Walsh had then all fooled. I thought it was very nice that Jerry Rice said that Freddie taught him how to play the game. I was widowed at the age of 22, so, Delilah, please take care of your self, allow yourself to grieve. My thoughts are with you.
Dee and the Solomon family - He was more then fabulous - add the words "amazing and unselfish." May he rest in peace. Our sympathy to the entire family.
Freddie is definitely a mentor, I've looked up to him from the time we met. Dee we continue to pray for your family please except our condolences during these bereaving times.
May God bless the Solomon's. You are in my prayers.
To Dee...this is Frank Smalls' sister Melody. Our family is deeply saddened by Freddie's passing. May God bless and keep you in his care. Freddie and Shelton are back playing on the same field again! To God be the Glory. May He give you the strength you need to get through!!
Mae,my love and prayers to you and your daughter,I remember when we worked together you always talked about what a wonderful son-in-law Freddie was.
WE LOVE YOU FREDDIE YOUR NORTHVIEW HILLS FAMILY REST PEACE #88 GAINEY HICKS AND THE REST OF DODGE CITY FAMILY
May you rest in peace and LOTS of Hugs to the family!
Eddie, Kricki, Evan & Jeanette
You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. Freddie was a wonderful man and it was such an honor to know him. Peace be with you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We have never known a more giving, humble, and kind man. May he rest in peace - and may you find the strength to cope with this tremendous loss.
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Freddie has truly been a blessing to our church and community for many years...we want to say thanks to a great man and mentor...
Pastor Eugene Davis Jr.
Living Faith Assembly
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
I am so sad to learn Freddie passed away....he used to kiddingly pull my hair in high school as I had his name in calling the players names as a cheerleader. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends. God's grace.
Kelly Michalowski Brown
He was a special man and a cherished friend. He was admired and beloved here in his hometown of Sumter, S.C. He leaves many memories from his days as a football star, but the best memories are of his friendship. We knew his days were numbered yet the reality of losing him is painful. He was a champion, not just in football but in the game of life.
Deepest sympathies to Dee and Freddie's family.
The Item newspaper
Fabulos Freddie was one of Tampas rising stars ,he will be missed by all U/T football fans.
Always a smile, I remember calling you Mr. Solomon and you would respond "Freddie please". You are the most sweetest kindest man a person could ever meet. Always helping someone else. You will be missed by all that knew you. Rest in peace. I know you are an angel now, you were always someone's angel on Earth!!!!
Just a terrific person. And if you were lucky enough to see him play as a Spartan, you witnessed athletic greatness. At Angelo Dundee's memorial service he was rightly called a 'sweet man.' Freddie was another.
This world was a better place with Freddie in it. My dad always kept Freddie close to his heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Deliliah and the family.
Our very, very special "angel" Freddie. Words are inadequate to express "a man among men"; a friend of children; a believer of great tomorrows, with a heart of a servant, and the will of a warrior! What a tremendous honor and blessing he was to all who had the opportunity to know and be with him! He has left a "mark" that says without a doubt "HE WAS HERE and his very presence made a difference that will last longer than we can ever imagine in ways that we will probably never know! To Dee, our love and prayers, to the DeBartolo's we express the same with a fervor that can only fathom the lost that you feel at this moment. The Board, Management and staff, as well as the families we have an opportunity to serve! Rest our Dear Freddie - Let God take care of you now!
To Mr.Solomon, I can remember as if it was yesterday, your order that you would come in and eat. For years I waited on you at the Waffle House, and serve you up your coffee, while you waited for your friend to come and meet you to talk about sports. My heart is sad, because I was just thinking about hunting you up the other day, because I havent seen you in a while, and when I saw the building with your name being honored on it made me want to see how you were doing. You were a very kind and sincere person that always would ask about my kids and even gave me cards of you to give to them. What a heart full of sympathy I have for your loved ones and I am so sorry I never followed my heart to just see how you were doing. RIP Mr. Solomon, From a long time ago waitress that remembers remakable people. Thank you
Our deepest sympathy to the Solomon Family. Freddie will be truly missed.