Former 49ers Pro Bowler Fred Quillan passes away at 60

By Vincent Frank

Fred Quillan played 10 years in the National Football league, all with the San Francisco 49ers. An original seventh-round pick out of Oregon back in 1978, Quillan acted as the team’s starting center for the vast majority of his career.

Quillan passed away on Monday at the age of 60.

The team announced his death on its website Thursday afternoon.

“Former San Francisco 49ers center Fred Quillan passed away on Monday, Sept. 12th at the age of 60,” the press release read. “A two-time Super Bowl champion, Quillan played all ten seasons of his NFL career as a member of the 49ers (1978-87).”

A mainstay on the 49ers’ dynasty team of the 80’s, Quillan had a special relationship with Joe Montana under center. It’s one of those relationships that only a quarterback and his snapper can possess.

In addition to winning two Super Bowl titles with the team, Quillan started 129 games in 10 seasons and earned two Pro Bowl appearances.

The cause of death is not yet known. Quillan is survived by his three children: Kyle, Colby and Kenneth.