Skins Reflect On Bill Legacy Of Coach Bill Walsh

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The Washington Redskins are sending condolences to the family of San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh who died Monday at the age of 75 after a battle with leukemia, and they are remembering his legacy.  In a statement released by the club, team owner Dan Snyder said Walsh was one of the first people he met after buying the Redskins in 1999.  He says they spent time together at league events and that Walsh was generous with his guidance for a rookie owner.  He adds that Walsh’s legacy is on display every time an NFL team takes the field.

Head coach Joe Gibbs says he was saddened to hear the news of Walsh’s passing.  Gibbs’ son Coy played under Walsh at Stanford.  Coach Gibbs says Walsh was truly a pioneer for the game, a tremendous competitor and innovator and he leaves a legacy through all those who had the opportunity to learn from him.

Redskins Vice President of football operations Vinny Cerrato worked for the 49ers organization from 1991 through 1999 before coming to the Redskins.  Cerrato says what Walsh did for the 49ers was spectacular.  He took a program in the 49ers that was “down in the dumps and turned them into a Super Bowl team”.  He says Walsh had a tough battle with leukemia and “knowing Bill, he fought, and fought, and fought”.


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