November 10, 2006

Bill Walsh Battling Leukemia: SAN FRANCISCO - Hall of Fame football coach Bill Walsh, who built an NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, disclosed Friday that he has leukemia.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 04:10 PM - 15 comments

did he announce this because of ed bradley I am sorryof this he is one of the greatest coaches of nfl ever the commercials he is in this season are funny but they are coors commercials and they are taped for beer (I don't have A lot more to say than let's get better walsh ) take care he does own 4 superbowl trophies and rings

posted by luther70 at 07:24 PM on November 10, 2006

Luther, periods ( ... ) are your friends, commas and capital letters too. My prayers are with Mr Walsh, he certainly appears to be a class act.

posted by tommybiden at 07:47 PM on November 10, 2006

Well, he's a battler and it sounds like they're having some luck with treatment. Hopefully he'll be around for a long while yet.

posted by ctal1999 at 07:56 PM on November 10, 2006

he certainly appears to be a class act. Few finer, by all accounts.

posted by mjkredliner at 09:45 PM on November 10, 2006

That is terrible news. I remember watching old footage of him coaching the Niners, and he came across as so intelligent and likable. He managed to stay above the 49ers ownership debacle with his dignity intact (unlike DeBartolo and York). He's done everything with class and wit - I don't expect this will be any different.

posted by dusted at 10:21 PM on November 10, 2006

what is the point of telling someone about their lack of punctuation? Do you really have a heartfelt compassion for his lack of grammatical efficiency? Or are you just trying to be a jerk? Come on, lets just talk about sports.

posted by brainofdtrain at 11:15 PM on November 10, 2006

brainofdtrain, I'm pretty sure tommytrump was just trying to encourage luther to type up to the standards of the community (see the very last point). Which makes it easier to just talk about sports. Bill Walsh, so brilliant, so poorly emulated, especially in Detroit. The good news is that if he's been dealing with it since 2004 it's a chronic form which is far more treatable than acute. Acute forms of leukemia can be fatal before diagnosed.

posted by apoch at 02:26 AM on November 11, 2006

what is the point of telling someone about their lack of punctuation? Do you really have a heartfelt compassion for his lack of grammatical efficiency? Or are you just trying to be a jerk? Brain, what apoch said, a lack of punctuation makes it difficult to follow what someone is saying. I do have compassion with regard to his lack of grammatical skills, and am not trying to be a jerk. I was in no way rude, just trying to help our little community maintain its standards and trying to make comments easier to read.

posted by tommybiden at 09:57 AM on November 11, 2006

I hope it all works out for him.

posted by yachts360 at 10:12 AM on November 11, 2006

Lets all hope that Bill can beat this form of cancer that he has. Bill Walsh is one of the finest people that has been involved with the NFL for years. He helped build the 49ers to one of the most dominating teams of the 80's, and all the years he was involved with them. He was a big part of getting them from one of the NFL's door mats, to become, if I remember correctly, 4 time Super Bowl Champions. Good luck Bill, your family, and everyone that is part of your life. I wish you the best outcome possible.

posted by Ghastly1 at 11:22 AM on November 11, 2006

My heart and prayers go out to Bill. On the 12 of this month, my daughter Katie-Bug will be in remission from lukemia for 3 years. I know he can beat it!!

posted by Buckfever14 at 12:56 PM on November 11, 2006

Thats great news for you and your family. Congratulations. I personally wish her the best. I've been to Dana Farber in Boston,and to see children with cancer is gutwrenching. It doesn't matter how young or old,but to see a child going thru what they go thru is heartbreaking. I understand my comments doesn't pertain to Bill himself, but I just wanted to tell Buckfever how I felt. Good luck to your daughter and your family. I'd had mentioned Bill in an earlier post.

posted by Ghastly1 at 11:04 PM on November 11, 2006

This goes out to Luther..... I'm fairly sure Bill Walsh's timing about his own bout with leukemia had very much to do with Ed Bradley's death... BUT, certainly not for any selfish reasons! Bill Walsh, being the class individual that he is, was likely letting others know that a diagnosis of leukemia IS NOT a death sentence (evidenced by the fact that he himself is alive and apparently doing fairly well after a three year struggle). To Buckfever14.....and Katie Bug.... My wife (a breast cancer survivor) and I can only wish you the very best. Whatever happens from this point forward ... Keep happy and keep fighting!

posted by R_A_Mason at 11:26 PM on November 11, 2006

Ghastly & R_A_Mason, Thanks guys!!And the best to you and your wife R_A_.

posted by Buckfever14 at 04:47 PM on November 12, 2006

Buckfever,your very welcome. And R_A_ I wish you and your wife many more years of happiness together. I hope both of your families(Buck andR_A_) get thru this with no more problems. Again,I know this has nothing to do with the Walsh article directly. But I think all of us here at SpoFi. should care about and give encouragement to our fellow members in a time when it is needed.

posted by Ghastly1 at 11:34 PM on November 12, 2006

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