The Best Seat In The House For All Your News On The 5 Time World Champion Niners

The Best Seat In The House For All Your News On The 5 Time World Champion Niners
A review and commentary on the history & lastest events surrounding the 17 time NFC Western Division & 5 -Time World Champion San Francisco 49ers. From 1946 and the All America Football Conference to 2009 and the road to a 6th Super Bowl title - For true fans of the scarlet and gold! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Walsh Honored at Public Service

Fans of Bill Walsh paid tribute Friday to the Hall of Fame 49ers coach, describing him as a legend who uplifted the football franchise and the city. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom told the crowd Friday the field at Monster Park would be named after Walsh, although the name of the stadium won't change. "He shared his action, he shared his passion and he made our lives better," Newsom said. Hundreds gathered at the field at Candlestick Park to celebrate Walsh, who died of leukemia on July 30 at 75.

Friday's service included a gospel choir singing "Amazing Graze" and a video recounting Walsh's achievements. Several of Walsh's former players, including Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Joe Montana, attended the event. Young described Walsh as a great football strategist who frustrated opponents with his plays on offense. "He helped us climb the mountain to the championship," Young said. "He made us all feel like champions." Walsh led the 49ers to three Super Bowl championships and revolutionized many aspects of the game during a decade as the team's coach. Overall, he won 10 of his 14 postseason games and ended with a record of 102-63-1.

Other speakers at Friday's memorial service recalled how Walsh and the 49ers uplifted the city during turbulent times. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said San Francisco was reeling from the assassinations of mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk, the emerging HIV epidemic and the massacre of roughly 900 Californians in Jonestown. She recalled watching Montana's famous pass to Dwight Clark to win the 1981 NFC Championship Game. Montana said before his death, Walsh asked him to tell the players how much he loved them.

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