State officials honor Walsh
Bill Walsh, 1931-2007
Photo courtesy daily.stanford.edu
By Jason Bennert
July 31, 2007
The tributes to former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh did not just
come from the world of football today.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger praised Walsh for his lifetime
of work coaching and educating at the high school, college and
professional levels of football, all in California.
"Maria and I join all Californians in mourning the passing
of legendary football coach Bill Walsh and pay tribute to a man
who devoted his life to excellence in California football. Bill
spent his life teaching and mentoring athletes at the high school,
college and professional level in California,'' Schwarzenegger
said in a statement.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, remembered how the success
of the 49er teams built by Walsh brought San Francisco residents
together following the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone
and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978, and following the 1989 Loma
"He touched so many in the Bay Area. He led the 49ers to
three Super Bowls. And he gave this City a shot in the arm in
some of its darkest hours,'' Feinstein said in a statement.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday would be declared
Bill Walsh Day in San Francisco and the flag at City Hall would
be flown at half-mast.
"His legacy will live on through the hundreds of NFL players
and coaches he inspired, as well as millions of fans of the game.
Although I am saddened by his passing, I would like to mark this
day by remembering and honoring his great accomplishments and
contributions to the sport of professional football and our city,''
Newsom said in a statement.
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