Legendary NFL Coach Bill Walsh Has Died

July 30, 2007

San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh has died. He was 75 years old. He had been battling leukemia since 2004. He publicly spoke of his fight against the disease in November 2006.

Walsh started his NFL career in 1966 as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders. He later went on to the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968 as an assistant as well. He left the Bengals after Coach Paul Brown retired and named Bill Johnson as his successor. He moved to San Diego in 1975 and became an assistant coach for the Chargers under Tommy Prothro.

He had his first start as a head football coach at Stanford, from 1977 to 1978, then in 1979 he was appointed head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He won Super Bowl championships in 1981, 1984, and 1988. He would end up coaching the 49ers for 10 years. He was later inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

His son, Steve Walsh, an ABC News reporter, died of leukemia as well in 2002 at the age of 46.

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