High-profile visitors give Walsh a final award Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 30, 2007 at 1:44 pm
High-profile friends and supporters of football coach Bill Walsh paid final visits over the weekend, and two presented him a special award. Walsh died Monday at his home in Woodside following more than a nine-month battle with leukemia.
Posted by kate, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 30, 2007 at 5:06 pm
This story appears to repeat its statements.
"Two of the visitors, former Stanford football coach Tyrone Willingham and Stanford benefactor John Arrillaga, on Sunday presented Walsh with the prestigious Stagg Award in recognition of his contributions to football."
and then a few paragraphs below:
"Willingham and Arrillaga presented Walsh with the Stagg Award in recognition of Walsh contributions to football."
Posted by Wells, a resident of Menlo Park, on Jul 31, 2007 at 10:40 am
The Bill Walsh years were great, were a lot of fun with great football, and Bill eptomized them so very well - always with his smile, his encouragement, adn his active participation. I thank him for who he was and forgiving us all his genious adn good spirit.
Posted by Lifelong Niner fan, a resident of Menlo Park, on Jul 31, 2007 at 10:41 am
Having watched Bill Walsh brilliantly coach the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 through 1988 (through my formative years and my parents' divorce), I was deeply saddened by his passing yesterday. Coach Walsh was not only a brilliant football coach, but he was an honorable and admirable man. Watching him on the sidelines through 10 years of 49er greatness is something I will never forget.
We in the Bay Area were very fortunate to have such a magnificent person to lead our favorite football team (no offense, Raiders fans). Surrounded by Hall of Fame athletes like Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Joe Montana, Coach Walsh was truly a legend.
Thanks for all of the great years Coach Walsh. You will always be missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Alison, a resident of another community, on Sep 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm
Bill is a football legacy, and those coming up in rank have a tough act to follow. Not only was he brilliant when it came to football, but he had a wonderful soul. He always believed everyone is equal, and any challenges, confrontations, awkward situations he met head on and accepted/challenged these situations until they were resolved, usually with his wonderful sense of humor.
We can all learn from this great human being and hopefully make our soles a little gentler, a little funnier, and a lot classier.
You truly are missed for the wonderful person you were. You were loved, and you made it easy to love you.
Thank you for the wonderful 49er memories, and the footprints of all the lives you truly touched on and off the field.