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Hall of Famer, San Francisco 49ers great Fred Dean dies at 68

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean died late Wednesday night. He was 68. “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Fred Dean,” Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “He exemplified many of the values learned from this great game — commitment, integrity, courage — over the course of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fred’s wife, Pam, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations.” After a standout collegiate career at linebacker for Louisiana Tech, Dean entered the NFL as a second-round pick of the then- San Diego Chargers in 1975. He was moved to defensive end right away and quickly became one of the league’s best edge rushers, landing his first Pro Bowl berth in 1979 and an All-Pro and Pro Bowl spot in 1980