Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

3-time Super Bowl champion coach Walsh dies
MSNBC.com ^ | 7-30-07

Posted on 07/30/2007 1:28:49 PM PDT by STARWISE

Bill Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 75.

Walsh died at his Bay Area home early Monday following a long battle with leukemia, according to Stanford University, where he served as coach and athletic director.

Walsh didn’t become an NFL head coach until 47, and he spent just 10 seasons on the San Francisco sideline. But he left an indelible mark on the United States’ most popular sport, building the once-woebegone 49ers into the most successful team of the 1980s with his innovative offensive strategies and teaching techniques.

The soft-spoken native Californian also produced a legion of coaching disciples that’s still growing today. Many of his former assistants went on to lead their own teams, handing down Walsh’s methods and schemes to dozens more coaches in a tree with innumerable branches.

*snip*

He was named the NFL’s coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

Few men did more to shape the look of football into the 21st century. His cerebral nature and often-brilliant stratagems earned him the nickname “The Genius” well before his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. | Walsh twice served as the 49ers’ general manager, and George Seifert led San Francisco to two more Super Bowl titles after Walsh left the sideline. Walsh also coached Stanford during two terms over five seasons.

Even a short list of Walsh’s adherents is stunning. Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Dennis Green, Sam Wyche, Ray Rhodes and Bruce Coslet all became NFL head coaches after serving on Walsh’s San Francisco staffs, and Tony Dungy played for him.

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 49ers; alreadyposted; billwalsh; coach; nfl; obituary; stanford
RIP Mr. Walsh .. great man, awesome coach. The golden years with Montana are unforgettable.


1 posted on 07/30/2007 1:28:54 PM PDT by STARWISE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: gpapa; popdonnelly; don-o; Syncro; Lancey Howard; rodguy911; Allegra; tongue-tied; NordP; onyx

Sad ping


2 posted on 07/30/2007 1:33:17 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

I’m a Cowboy fan, but you have to respect what he did as a coach. Condolences to the Walsh family.


3 posted on 07/30/2007 1:35:03 PM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Got a knack for being wrong - Dinosaur Jr.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

Even though his 9ers beat my Saints twice a year for many years, I loved watching Bill’s team play. A man of grace and charm, who will forever be known to my S.F. 9er fan friends as simply “the Genius.”


4 posted on 07/30/2007 1:35:47 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
This is a man who emphasized intelligence and character above raw athletic ability. He'll be missed.
5 posted on 07/30/2007 1:37:36 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Duncan Hunter for President)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

Bill Walsh was part of a great era in football. While he coached the 49’ers it was tough as hell to beat them.


6 posted on 07/30/2007 1:38:23 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: AngelesCrestHighway

I was living in San Francisco during that time (and after), and Bill Walsh made himself available whenever possible for community outreach, charity events, and encouraged his players to remember the fans who supported them through the lean years as well.

I always thought the team was an extension of Bill’s heart.


7 posted on 07/30/2007 1:43:08 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: mainepatsfan; scott says

A sad NFL ping.


8 posted on 07/30/2007 1:48:26 PM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (Look at all the candidates. Choose who you think is best. Choose wisely in 2008.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Right Cal Gal
We lived on the SF Peninsula (near the SF Airport) during the Walsh years. He was exactly as Right Cal Gal states. He worked tirelessly for the team, the fans and the community. He also had a great sense of humor.

I remember the Niners first Superbowl. Walsh dressed up like a bellman and stood outside the bus as the players came off. Walsh took Montan's bag and it took Montana a couple seconds to realize who Walsh was. It was a great thing to watch.
9 posted on 07/30/2007 1:52:00 PM PDT by ninergold3 ("Normal" - Just a cycle on the washing machine - Naomi Judd)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

I was living in the SF area during the Walsh years as well. A wonderful man. A class act. A great team. RIP Coach Walsh.


10 posted on 07/30/2007 1:55:12 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate (MittReport.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE; Right Cal Gal
I, too, was fortunate to have worked in "The City" during the Walsh-Era. And it really was. It was 49'er Fever in the Financial District whenever the team played.

And the SuperBowl parties! Some lasted for days. So did the hangovers...

Those days are long gone; and now so is he.

RIP, Coach Walsh. Another icon passes..

11 posted on 07/30/2007 2:14:47 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Flying is like Life: Know where you are, where you're going, and how to get there." - 'Ol Dad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
Condolences to 49'er fans...he was an awesome coach and a great guy.

... from Bud Grant land ;-)

Classy Coaches always inspire!

12 posted on 07/30/2007 2:15:31 PM PDT by NordP (HUNTER: "The real question for Mexico--Why are your people crossing burning deserts to get away?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

RIP for a man of character.


13 posted on 07/30/2007 2:16:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

I will forever remember that last 2 minute drive from their own two-yard line to win I-forget-which-Superbowl...Joe Montana to Jerry Rice, line up, repeat.


14 posted on 07/30/2007 2:18:02 PM PDT by Snardius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: VA_Gentleman

Same here, sad.


15 posted on 07/30/2007 2:18:32 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
Coaching Combine of the HFL:

George Halas

Vince Lombardi

Tom Landry

Bill Walsh

Tickets are at the Will Call Window next to the Pearly Gates.

All you gotta do is believe.....

16 posted on 07/30/2007 2:23:43 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
RIP coach...

Truly a golden era for the NFL...

17 posted on 07/30/2007 2:25:07 PM PDT by pandemoniumreigns
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Carry_Okie
This is a man who emphasized intelligence and character above raw
athletic ability. He'll be missed.


Amen to that. The "Thinking Man" coach of professional football.
18 posted on 07/30/2007 2:28:33 PM PDT by VOA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
Wow...didn't know he was sick.

Always admired his coaching abilities.....even though I wasn't a 49'er fan.

The 49'ers whooped up on my Ram's too many times to count.....

sigh.....

RIP

19 posted on 07/30/2007 2:28:44 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

R.I.P. coach.


20 posted on 07/30/2007 3:06:03 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ninergold3

That’s fantastic .. new one to me. Whattaguy.


21 posted on 07/30/2007 3:12:04 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

Walsh certainly broke the “Vince Lombardi” mold. The guy reminded me more of college professor walking the sidelines then an NFL coach !!!


22 posted on 07/30/2007 3:43:04 PM PDT by Obie Wan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson