49er coaching legend Bill Walsh dead at 75

Bill Walsh dies at 75; led 49ers to three Super Bowl titles

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Updated: July 30, 2007, 3:21 PM ET

Bill Walsh, who guided the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships and six NFC West division titles in his 10 years as head coach, has died at the age of 75.

Walsh died 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.

Walsh went 102-63-1 with the 49ers, winning 10 of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles. He was named the NFL's coach of the year in 1981 and 1984.

And 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.


As a lover of football, I salute Bill Walsh for his staggering contribution to pro football. He is in my Parthenon of coaching along with Lombardi, Halas, Landry, Noll, and Madden.

A sad day.

Oski Wee Wee,

This is the most impressive influenceWalsh ever had on the game of football.

Sad news, but at least he isn't suffering anymore.

He did colour commentary for one of the television networks shortly after his retirement from coaching. It was the best I've ever experienced, but was too intelligent for the typical NFL fan.

This is too bad, I am a long time 49ers fan, Bill Walsh was a large reason why. Sad day.

I enjoyed watching Bill Walsh teams all the years he coached in the NFL.

He'll be sorely missed.

Thanks to "Oskee-wee-wee" and "Whoknows" for shedding some excellant light on is distinguished career.

One of Greatest Mind Football has every Seen.
Was great at Finding Diamonds in the Rough.
Montana Rice Young Craig..

Coaching Pioneer Inventor of the West Coast Offence.
Help Mold Other Great Coaches
who went on to coach there own team to super bowl Wins

He Changed Football Forever


Love the bag but please....its "we're" (we are) not "where".
We know "where"...its every stadium we play in. :cry:

Please don't correct his grammar unless yours is perfect, too.

The conjunction you're looking for is IT'S not ITS. Thanks kindly. :wink:

I read that in my newspaper yesterday
It's too bad, Bill Walsh was a genius.
There are a handful of coaches that are in the upper echelon of coaching he is one of them.

If you're wondering who is in the upper echelon I would put

Vince Lomabardi
Tom Landry
Don Shula
Bill Walsh

Sadly there is only 1 of the 4 left

Wasn;t Bill Walsh a singer/guitarist for "cream"?

I dont know, what 's this NFL ****?


Somebody had to bring up the bag spelling thing.
You are right of course about "it's" but...."thanks kindly"??? Oh well.