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HoustonFrog
07-30-2007, 03:07 PM
This saddens me. One of my best friends in the world and a guy I played football with in high school was a Stanford guy and a mentee of Bill's. They were tight. I know he thought the world of him. Prayers for his family.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20039776/


"Bill Walsh, who transformed the NFL with his West Coast offense and led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships during the 1980s, died Monday after a long battle against leukemia. He was 75."

swtbound07
07-30-2007, 03:07 PM
damn. RIP

GuerillaBlack
07-30-2007, 03:09 PM
Rip.

disaacks3
07-30-2007, 03:10 PM
Farewell Bill - you definitely left your mark in the NFL.

Brando
07-30-2007, 03:10 PM
RIP Bill. He would crack me up when he would call Jerry Glanville..........

Jerry Granville.:user:

TexanSam
07-30-2007, 03:11 PM
Rip :(

Errant Hothy
07-30-2007, 03:12 PM
Rip

stingray
07-30-2007, 03:13 PM
Dammit, best coach of all time. hands down. And wasn't arrogant about it. That guy set the Bar for coaches.

RIP Bill, you will be missed.

The Pencil Neck
07-30-2007, 03:16 PM
RIP, Bill.

Thanks for everything.

Double Barrel
07-30-2007, 03:45 PM
RIP, BW.

He made the NFL a better league. He is gone, but his huge impact on the game he loved will continue on, and that's probably the best way to remember and thank him.

Goldensilence
07-30-2007, 03:51 PM
The NFL and i would venture players lives and those around then were touched and are better off. Thanks for the memories bill.

RIP

Mr. White
07-30-2007, 03:52 PM
Class act. I really hate to see a guy like this go.

I watched a story about him on Real Sports last year and it was really sad to see him in the condition he was in. He was still dedicated to taking care of his wheelchair bound wife.

As much as I rooted against his teams, I can't begin to express how fondly I remember them now.

Porky
07-30-2007, 04:06 PM
I had no idea he had cancer. I loved the old SF teams with Montan and Rice, and thought the guy was a genius. I really liked Bill Walsh.

First Marvin Zindler, and now Bill Walsh. Sometimes life sucks. :gun:

HoustonFrog
07-30-2007, 04:08 PM
Class act. I really hate to see a guy like this go.

I watched a story about him on Real Sports last year and it was really sad to see him in the condition he was in. He was still dedicated to taking care of his wheelchair bound wife.

As much as I rooted against his teams, I can't begin to express how fondly I remember them now.

I was not a 49ers fan...in fact they were a nemesis of mine.. but if you looked at how well he evaluated talent it was incredible. This was their 1986 draft

In the first six rounds of the 1986 draft, San Francisco selected defensive end Larry Roberts (second), fullback Tom Rathman (third), cornerback Tim McKyer (third), wide receiver John Taylor (third), defensive end Charles Haley (fourth), offensive tackle Steve Wallace (fourth), defensive end Kevin Fagan (fourth) and cornerback Don Griffin (sixth)

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=green_jeremy&id=2954758

Anyways, as I stated in the initial post, I know how important he was to my friend and even to the very end he continued helping him in the coaching profession. That was enough for me, even without football.

Noblesse Oblige
07-30-2007, 04:09 PM
Watch out Vince and Paul--you've got some more coaching competition.

Requiem in Pacem.

Specnatz
07-30-2007, 04:35 PM
RIP Coach Walsh The leagacy you left is one that will never be touched, and no matter if you loved or hated the 49ers, you never heard a bad word about Bill Walsh. Not only was he a great coach but also great person who treated people with respect.

Immobilarity
07-30-2007, 04:44 PM
Rip

hobie
07-30-2007, 05:23 PM
He was a class act and one of the greatest coaches ever...He will be missed.

Kaiser Toro
07-30-2007, 05:39 PM
I am currently in SF and there appears to be much more 49ers jerseys being donned in the last hour than I have seen the last four days. Walsh was an innovator to the game of football. RIP B-Dub.

Joe Texan
07-30-2007, 07:29 PM
:trophy: :cry2:


RIP Bill Walsh

powerfuldragon
07-30-2007, 07:39 PM
That guy set the Bar for coaches.


Agreed. RIP Mr. Walsh.

Grams
07-30-2007, 08:37 PM
I moved to SF the same year he became head coach.

A genius in formatting an offense - which a lot of teams use in one form of another - west coast offense. No one was better in seeing talent, just look at who he drafted while in SF - Montana, Rice, Taylor, Clark, etc.

Had to have been a great teacher also as there are something like 29 other coaches in the NFL that worked with him, including Shanahan, Reid and Holgrin (Ithink).

A man with a great sense of humor - first 49er superbowl when he dressed as a bell hop and helped carry bags from the bus.

And just an all round nice person. We need more of them - not less.

A man who will be missed.

Thanks Bill for all the memories.