The man responsible for the 49ers’ run of supremacy throughout the 1980s will be remembered at the Super Bowl this Sunday. According to the Arizona Republic, Bill Walsh, who assembled and coached the 49ers teams that won three Super Bowls in the ‘80s, will be honored during the ceremonial pregame coin toss. Walsh’s son, Craig, will join 49ers greats Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young on the field in Glendale, Ariz.
Walsh died this past July 30 at the age of 75. He is considered one of the NFL’s greatest coaches of all-time and is possibly the most recognizable face of the 49ers’ organization.
During his decade-long tenure with the 49ers (1979-88), Walsh won 102 games and captured six division titles, three NFC championships, and three Super Bowls.
He is considered one of the NFL’s greatest innovators, as he is largely responsible for creating what is now known as the West Coast offense. Walsh’s emphasis on small, quick offensive linemen protecting accurate quarterbacks who would throw to big wide receivers and running backs out of the backfield has been emulated by countless teams in the 1990s and 2000s.