Mega-Successful Athlete, 2 Time Champion Dies at 66 After Battling Severe Illness

June 16, 2018Jun 16, 2018

It was just confirmed that former professional football player Keith Fahnhorst passed away. The ultra-successful athlete died earlier this week at the age of 66.

Fahnhorst was a giant on the football field from an early age. Throughout his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota which ended in 1974, he had 28 receptions for 416 yards. That year, he was a second-round draft pick for the 49ers.

Fahnhorst played 14 seasons in the NFL, all with San Fransisco. His career in the NFL was highly successful as well.  He was a two-time All-Pro (1983 and 1984) and a 1985 Pro Bowl selection.

He was also a part of two Super Bowl Championship teams (XVI and XIX). Overall, he appeared in 193 games, the second-most among offensive lineman for the SF 49ers. He started in 160 of those games. According to the 49ers, he had the eighth-most regular-season appearances in the franchise’s history.

The football star was a two-time recipient of the 49ers Bobb McKittrick Award, specifically for the “courage, intensity, and sacrifice” he made when he became an offensive line coach.

There was no cause of death listed with the news of his death, but Fahnhorst’s health had reportedly been rapidly declining in recent years. In 2001, he received a kidney transplant. In 2015, he revealed that he had either primary progressive multiple sclerosis or Charcot-Marie-Tooth neurological disorder.

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