In the last two weeks, two of the San Francisco 49ers 1980s Super Bowl Champion team members have passed away. Just last week, we lost Dwight Clark to Lou Gehrig’s disease.
On Tuesday it was announced that another legend from that team has passed on, without any understanding why. Keith Fahnhorst, a star tackle for the team, died at his home in San Francisco. He was 66.
Fahnhorst suffered neurological struggles following his long and illustrious career with the 49ers. He eventually retired due to a neck injury. But during his tenure, he was one the most durable players to ever suit up for the team.
He started in 160 of 193 games between the years 1974-87. According to The Washington Post, only seven more players and one offensive lineman have appeared in more games for the 49ers.
“We won SB’s together, went to Pro Bowls together, lockered next to each other,” wrote former teammate Randy Cross. “World Class Dad + Husband who was gentle + kind to all.”
Fahnhorst was good. He became an All-Pro tackle in 1984, in addition to appearing in two Super Bowls with the team that included such giants as Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice.
According to ESPN, Fahnhorst was twice honored with the Bobb McKittrick Award, which is given annually “to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed” by the longtime offensive line coach.
In college, Fahnhorst played for Minnesota. In his collegiate tenure he was an All-Big Ten tight end. He was selected with the 35th overall pick in the 1974 NFL draft.
Please pray for his family during this difficult time. Be sure to read about the country music star who suffered from a recent family loss.