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Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions
2. Freddie Solomon
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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You may remember “The Catch” by Dwight Clark that helped to start a 49ers dynasty, but what you might not know is that Freddie Solomon was the first option on that play. During that fateful drive the 49ers had leaned on Solomon, who caught two passes for first downs and ran for another. But before he was helping star quarterback Joe Montana build his legacy, "Fabulous" Freddie was a star QB of his own right at the University of Tampa.

Solomon could throw the ball, but his main threat was his legs. When he graduated he had set a then-NCAA record for career rushing yards by a QB with 3,299. (His senior season was also the last year for the team as the school made a financial decision to drop the football program in 1975.) Solomon was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft, but as a receiver.

He spent the majority of his time in Miami as a punt returner, before being traded to the 49ers prior to the 1978 season. Overall, Solomon was a solid receiver for 11 years with the Dolphins and 49ers, catching 371 passes for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns. He also ran for 519 yards and 4 TDs and returned four punts and one kickoff for scores.

Top 10 College QBs Who Switched Positions




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