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Bill Walsh: Hall of Fame Legend Dies

by Steven Blake (writer), Winnetka, July 30, 2007


Three-time Superbowl Champion Coach has passed away from a fight with Leukemia early this morning. He was the creator of the West Coast Offense now being used in the NFL.

Bill Walsh started off as a high school coach and moved onto college but did not become a head coach in the NFL till he was 47. He had ten years with San Francisco where he made a name for himself with three superbowl wins and a record of 102-63-1. He also went on to win coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

He left behind a mark on the NFL with his ideas and strategies passed on to head coaches (who at the time were assistant coaches) like Ray Rhodes, Mike Holmgren, Dennis Green and Bruce Coslet. These gentlemen have in turn passed the standards onto people like Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick, Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, Mike Shanahan, Gary Kubiak and Steve Mariucci. You start to notice all the high name profile coaches of the NFL. Oh and did we forgot to mention that Tony Dungy played for him?

Bill Walsh was respected amongst the NFL and will be remembered. He came out and told everyone he had Leukemia in November 2006 but had been fighting it since 2004. His son passed away also from Leukemia in 2002.

Bill Walsh was born November 30, 1931 in Los Angeles. He went on to being an announcer and returning to Stanford for a time after San Francisco but returned later as the General Manager trying to help the team rebuild for three years.

Bill Walsh is survived by his wife and two children. He also will live in the NFL forever.

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By Steven Blake on July 30, 2007 at 06:12 pm
Yes I am a Bears and Bronco fan so I see Walsh's mark left all over around me! Sometimes it make me happy and sometimes not. But he is one of the best coaches!
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By Steven Blake on July 30, 2007 at 07:11 pm
Yeah Paul was the asst coach at the time huh?
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By Steven Lane on July 30, 2007 at 07:32 pm
a real sportsman, quality gentleman.
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By Steven Blake on July 30, 2007 at 08:23 pm
VERY VERY TRUE very sad to have to share! But hey Cubs are winning! May be in first after tonight!
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