By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
San Francisco 49ers icon Gordy Soltau has passed away. He was 89.
An official cause of death has not been determined yet.
“For more than six decades, Gordy Soltau has served as a gracious ambassador for the San Francisco 49ers,” team Co-Chairman John York said. “I consider myself very lucky to have developed a close relationship with Gordy, having come to know him as a true gentleman and consummate family man. As a link to the early years of our proud franchise, he possessed a selfless nature that was evident both on the field and through his military service to our country.
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“We share with the Soltau family a feeling of great loss and sadness, and will join with them in remembering a man worthy of great love and admiration.”
He spent nine seasons with the franchise. He was also named the 23rd member of the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame two years ago.
Soltau was the 49ers 30th overall pick in the third round of the 1950 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. However, he was quickly traded to the Cleveland Browns.
While with the Browns, then Browns head coach Paul Brown offered him an opportunity to go to the 49ers. He played his entire career from 1950 through 1958 with the Bay Area team.
According to the statistics, Soltau led the 49ers in points scored each season that he played. He had a tie just once in his career.
Following his retirement, he worked for the 49ers Foundation. He also was the founding member of the Northern California Chapter of the NFL’s Alumni Association, where he served as their President for 29 years.
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He was named to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. On Monday, June 16th, 2008, the City of San Francisco declared it Gordy Soltau Day.
He is also a member of the University of Minnesota Hall of Fame as well as the Duluth Hall of Fame.
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