View Full Version : RIP Bill Walsh

07-30-2007, 12:01 PM

07-30-2007, 12:48 PM
wow! I know he's been ill and not well for a while, but still - not expecting this.



07-30-2007, 12:54 PM
I've got to admit to being a bit of a bandwagoneer for the 49ers during the Walsh era.

I proclaimed myself a Bears fan in those days particularly 'cuz I loved Gary Fencik (I played SS on my Junior High and High School teams), but always rooted for the 49ers when they weren't playing the Bears.

07-30-2007, 03:18 PM
RIP Coach Walsh, from a rabid Brown's fan who rooted hard against your teams but always respected You and them. You drafted Montana, Rice, Lott,Haley and many more stars and few know that back when, you taught Business at Stanford. Your Coaching tree is among the highest in football history,asst's who were/are head Coaches include: George Seifert, Mike Shanahan, Mike Holdgrem, Ray Rhoades and Dennis Green. Your "down the field" offense is still used and repected in the NFL. You were always known as a fair man who pushed to advance minority Coaches long before it was the rage to do so. I'm sure you, Coach Lombardi,Mr. Rooney, and "Pappa Bear" Halas are busy right now scouting and starting an Hnl "Heavenly football league" God Bless, and God Speed.!

07-30-2007, 05:49 PM
Bay Area columnist Ray Ratto weighs in on Walsh

He was not a man to be ignored or taken lightly, and if he came to his moment later in life than our youth culture demands, he left deep imprints on his game, and on his adopted home. Bill Walsh is linked to and embedded in San Francisco as deeply and surely as Herb Caen, and toward that end, his passing changes nothing. He lived a big life, and left nothing undone or unsaid. He got the full measure of years to do what he wanted most to the best of his ability, which is as good as it gets.

FULL ARTICLE (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/07/30/SPGJHR930O4.DTL)

07-30-2007, 06:00 PM
Lowell Cohn ( along with Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Ira Miller ) were the first journalists to break the story re: Bill Walsh's battle with leukemia.
Cohen, who enjoyed a personal relationship as well as a professional one, with the coach, wrote about his friend's illness in a November, 2006, column for the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:

I don't need to fill you in on Walsh, how he got his first NFL head coaching job late, at age 47. How frustrated he'd been waiting all those years until the 49ers hired him. How he radically changed offensive thinking in the league. How defenses had to change to keep up with him. How he discovered Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and, in a way, Steve Young, too.

How he's kind and cruel and compassionate and cunning and direct and indirect. How he's enigmatic and hard to read and sometimes blunt and obvious. How he's been the most dominating, important, fascinating, innovative, enormous presence in Northern California sports the past three decades. You know all that.

COLUMN (http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=1155BD34B00C04B0&p_docnum=15&s_dlid=DL0107073100584529532&s_ecproduct=SUB-FREE&s_subterm=Subscription%20until%3A%2012%2F14%2F2015 %2011%3A59%20PM&s_subexpires=12%2F14%2F2015%2011%3A59%20PM&s_username=santarosa&s_accountid=AC0105061516020614723&s_upgradeable=no)

Ira Miller's Blog from the same time period:

MILLER BLOG (http://ira.mysportspage.com/viewblog.php?columnid=2062)

07-30-2007, 06:52 PM
Rough day for legends ...

Ingrid Bergman and Tom Snyder also passed.

RIP all ....