Looking back, ahead with Freddie Solomon

A highlight package commemorating the San Francisco 49ers' 28-point comeback against New Orleans 31 years ago went online Wednesday morning.

Freddie Solomon sparked the comeback with a 57-yard touchdown on a punt return. Solomon's 14-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter was also critical.

That video was fresh in my mind when a friend coincidentally passed along a link I'd missed for Gary Shelton's column profiling Solomon in the Tampa Tribune recently.

Solomon is 58 and making strides in a rough fight against cancer. He asks for no sympathy. He earns admiration for his good humor and spirit, now and throughout his playing career.

Shelton's piece leads with a story from Joe Montana about the time "Fast Freddie" outran Darrell Green, the NFL's fastest man.