Rest in Peace: Sad as 49ers Key Player Dies In Plane Crash….

Rest in Peace: Sad as 49ers Fans Mourn Over 24-Year-Old Star Player Who Just….

 

 

Former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Russ Francis was one of two people killed in a plane crash in upstate New York on Sunday, his family said on social media.

He was 70 years old.Francisand#039’s younger brother, Ed Francis, posted a photo of his brother at a 49ers game, writing andquot;My oldest brother Russ Francis just died in a plane crash in Lake Placid, New York.

It goes without saying that we are completely equal as a family. Flying was my brother’s lifelong passion and perhaps the right path for him. God speed you my big brother!!andquot;My sister just called me and told me the bad news. My older brother Russ Francis just died…Francis was killed along with Richard McSpadden, Vice President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Lake Place News reported the crash at approximately 4:09 p.m. Sunday AOPA said the plane carrying the two men was a Cessna 177 Cardinal and that the plane “experienced a crisis after takeoff,” andquot; according to the statement.

The New England Patriots released a statement from team president and CEO Robert Kraft, who said: “On behalf of the entire New England Patriots organization, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of Russ Francis, who tragically passed away yesterday.

 

Russ was a fan favorite throughout his playing career. He was dynamic on the court and a player with even more personality. He knew no boundaries, crossed boundaries and lived his life to the fullest. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, teammates of Russand#039; and the many Patriots fans who mourn his loss.andquot;The San Francisco 49ers released a statement Monday saying: The San Francisco 49ers are saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former Super Bowl XIX champion Russ Francis. Our deepest condolences to the Francis family at this difficult time.

A native of Seattle, Francis was selected by New England in the 1975 NFL Draft and played six seasons with the team, earning Pro Bowl honors in 1977, 1978 and 1979. After the 1980 season, he retired and worked as a commentator for the football club. in the year. for ABC Sports.

At the 1982 Pro Bowl, Francis interviewed then-49ers head coach Bill Walsh, who had just won the team’s first Super Bowl. Walsh convinced Francis to back down.Francis joined the 49ers in 1982 and played six seasons with San Francisco, winning a Super Bowl after the 1984 season and a career-high 44 receptions in 1985. Francis was waived by the 49ers during the 1987 season and re-signed with New England for the final two years of his career..

 

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