Bill Walsh, 1931-2007: A Winner and an Innovator

Bill Walsh talks to Steve Young and Joe Montana. Otto Greule/Allsport/Getty Images i i

hide captionBill Walsh coached two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history: Hall of Famers Steve Young (center) and Joe Montana.

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Bill Walsh talks to Steve Young and Joe Montana. Otto Greule/Allsport/Getty Images

Bill Walsh coached two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history: Hall of Famers Steve Young (center) and Joe Montana.

Otto Greule/Allsport/Getty Images

Bill Walsh, the legendary football coach and strategist, has died. He led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories on the field and built the foundation for a team that won five NFL titles in all.

He developed the innovative short-passing style called the West Coast Offense – still widely in use 20 years later — and helped 49ers quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young reach the Hall of Fame. Many of his assistant coaches went on to highly successful head-coaching careers.

Walsh lost his battle with leukemia Monday at 75.

Ben Adler of member station KAZU reports.

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