Bill Walsh
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Bill Walsh | 1931-2007

Bill Walsh
As an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Bill Walsh, left, worked with Paul Brown, right, one of the great coaches in an an earlier era of the NFL. (Brian Horton / AP)
Bill Walsh
As head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Walsh teamed with quarterback Joe Montana to turn a bedraggled team into the dominant NFL franchise of the 1980s. (LAT)
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Walsh hugs 49er linebacker Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds in the locker room after San Francisco’s victory over Cincinnati in the 1982 Super Bowl. (AP)
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Players carry Walsh off the field after the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium. Before going to the 49ers, he was the head coach at Stanford University. (J. Storey / Allsport)
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Montana and Walsh enjoy the closing moments of a playoff victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Three weeks later, Walsh would win the last of his three Super Bowls as head coach. (AP)
Bill Walsh
Walsh was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 31, 1993, in Canton, Ohio. “I went into coaching with the resolve that my coaching career wouldn’t be a disappointment to me,” Walsh once told the Saturday Evening Post. “So I worked doubly hard at it.” (Bruce Zake / AP)
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After retiring from the NFL’s 49ers, Walsh found he still had the urge to coach, so he returned to Stanford University for a second stint as head coach. (AP)
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After his second stint at Stanford, Walsh returned to the 49ers as a consultant and, eventually, as general manager. (Otto Greule / Allsport)
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Walsh joined Montana when the quarterback’s number was retired during a halftime ceremony during a 49ers game in San Francisco. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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Walsh with his friend and Bay Area rival, Raiders owner Al Davis, before an exhibition game in Oakland. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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After serving as general manager of the 49ers for 1999 and 2000 seasons, Walsh stepped down but said he would continue with the team as a consultant. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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Walsh wasn’t known as firebrand coach. “We just quietly went about our business, and I do think people resented that. They wanted confrontation, and they didn’t get it until we played,” he said. (Paul Sakuma / AP)
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