Fred Dean whose birth name is Frederick Rudolph Dean was born on February 24, 1952,
he has peacefully passed away on October 14, 2020
Fred Dean was born in Arcadia, the seat of Bienville Parish in north Louisiana. His family moved 20 miles (32 km) east to Ruston, where he graduated from Ruston High School.
He was an American professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL), and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His career started with the San Diego Chargers in 1975 and ended with the San Francisco 49ers after the 1985 season. A two-time first-team All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowler, he won two Super Bowls with the 49ers.
Dean was a standout at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, having spurned an opportunity to play for legendary coach Eddie Robinson at nearby Grambling State University, which at the time was sending African American players to the NFL on a yearly basis. Dean excelled as an All-Southland Conference defensive tackle during his collegiate football career at Louisiana Tech.
Dean was drafted by the Chargers in the 2nd round (33rd overall pick) 1975 NFL Draft. Dean recorded 15½ sacks in 1978. In 1979, the Chargers won the AFC West division while leading the AFC in fewest points allowed (246) and Dean was named to the All-AFC team. The Chargers again won the AFC West in 1980, with Dean teaming with fellow 1975 Charger draftees Gary “Big Hands” Johnson and Louie Kelcher as the Chargers led the NFL in sacks (60). Dean had missed the first two games of the season after not reporting, but still finished the season with 10½ sacks. He and Johnson were named first-team All-Pro, with Kelcher being named second-team All-Pro. The trio, along with Leroy Jones formed a defensive front that was nicknamed the Bruise Brothers.
He is survived by his wife and his kids.
NFL Hall of Famer Fred Dean, a former Chargers and 49ers standout, has passed away. He was 68. pic.twitter.com/8XjyKwxNP3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2020
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) October 15, 2020
Cause of Death
His cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about his death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Fred’s name through the GoFundme page.