One of the best tight ends in New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers history has died.
Russ Francis, a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion, died at 70 on Sunday. He was involved in a fatal plane crash in upstate New York.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of former New England Patriots tight end Russ Francis. Our condolences are extended to Francis’ family and friends,” the Patriots announced.
We are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of former New England Patriots tight end Russ Francis. Our condolences are extended to Francis’ family and friends. pic.twitter.com/sgrrPZ5Ui4
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 2, 2023
NFL fans are deeply saddened by his passing.
“Russ was a hell of a football player, winning a Super Bowl with SF, and was a multi-time Pro Bowler in NE. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” one fan wrote.
“First Tim Wakefield now this. Just tragic. R.I.P. Russ Francis. New England Patriots. You will be dearly missed,” one fan added.
‘After the soul-crushing news of the passing of Chris Snow and Tim Wakefield over the weekend, now comes the horrific news about the fatal plane crash on Sunday that killed former Patriots All-World tight end, Russ Francis. May these great men rest peacefully in God’s hands,” one fan added.
'He was Hawaii football' – Former All-Pro, Super Bowl champion Russ Francis died in a plane crash on Sunday. Former colleague Rich Miano speaks about the legacy that 'All World' leaves behind https://t.co/RR2vrPRoyb @richmiano38 @c_shimabuku #RIPRussFrancis @PolynesianFBHOF pic.twitter.com/que3rjyiBh
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) October 2, 2023
Francis, who played collegiately at Oregon, played in the NFL from 1975-89.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family members during this difficult time.