Bill Walsh - Hall
of Fame football coach dies at 75
The former San Francisco
49ers head coach Bill Walsh died on Monday at the age of 75.
After a long battle with cancer Bill Walsh, 75, passed away on
Monday. Walsh's health was failing in the past few months, the
famous coach suffering from leukemia. Although he was diagnosed
in 2004, he kept his condition private and did not make it
public until last November. At that time Walsh said that he is
positive about the outcome and was following a strict diet and
regiment approved by his physicians.
Bill Walsh started his football coaching
career in Washington High School in Fremont. Later he was an
assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders. In 1968 he moved to the
Cincinnati Bengals, where he stayed assistant coach until 1975.
On the following year Bill Walsh served as an assistant coach
for Tommy Prothro with the San Diego Chargers. In 1977 he
started his head football coach career at Stanford, staying
there the following 1978.
The legendary football coach became the San
Francisco 49ers ticket to fame an years of field dominance, when
he took the job in 1979. It was during his 10 years with the
49ers when his coaching staff perfected the style of play known
popularly as the West Coast offense. In 1981 and 1984 Bill Walsh
was named NFL coach of the year and in 1993 he was elected to
the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed "The Genius" Bill Walsh won three
times the Super Bowl - in 1981, 1984 and 1988.
Published on 07/30/2007