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Gordon Leroy Soltau (January 25, 1925 – October 26, 2014) was an American football player who played wide receiver for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers. He joined the Navy and served during the Second World War. After the war, he attended the University of Minnesota, where he played football and became one of the school's legendary players. He joined the 49ers in their first year in the NFL playing both wide receiver and place kicker. In 1952 he led the NFL in scoring. He was All Pro in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Soltau was instrumental in the formation of the NFL players association. He is now enshrined in the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.

Gordy Soltau
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Soltau on a 1952 Bowman football card
No. 82
Position:Wide receiver / placekicker
Personal information
Born:(1925-01-25)January 25, 1925
Duluth, Minnesota
Died:October 26, 2014(2014-10-26) (aged 89)
Santa Clara, California
Career information
College:Minnesota
NFL Draft:1950 / Round: 3 / Pick: 30
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:249
Receiving yards:3,487
Touchdowns:25
Player stats at NFL.com

On October 26, 2014, Soltau died at the age of 89.[1]

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