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Versatile 49ers player Gordon Soltau dies at 89

October 29, 2014

SANTA CLARA, California (AP) — Gordon Soltau, a wide receiver and kicker who played nine NFL seasons with San Francisco, has died. He was 89.

The three-time All-Pro passed away on Sunday, according to the 49ers.

Soltau had 249 receptions for 3,487 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also kicked 70 field goals and 284 PATs. He remains one of only three players in NFL history to score 25 touchdowns and make 70 field goals in their career.

A third-round draft pick by Green Bay in 1950, Soltau was traded to the Browns before coach Paul Brown offered to send him to San Francisco for an opportunity to start.

Soltau spent his entire career with San Francisco from 1950-58, leading the team in points each season while sharing the lead once. He led the NFL in points in 1952 (94) and ’53 (114), earning All-Pro honors and Pro Bowl selections in three consecutive seasons from 1951-53.

Soltau missed only two games during his career, becoming the first player in franchise history to surpass 100 games played. The 49ers called him “one of the league’s original ironmen” in their release on Tuesday announcing his death.

Soltau was born on Jan. 25, 1925, in Duluth, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Jill; his two sons, John and Mark; daughter-in-laws, Sarah and Valerie; and granddaughters Susie and Shelby.

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