Pioneering Walsh recalled as colossal figure with 'common touch'

Updated: August 9, 2007, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Bill Walsh planned his own memorial service in the months before his death with the same meticulous attention he paid to every aspect of the San Francisco 49ers.

Even when a lengthy battle with leukemia finally sapped his strength last month, Walsh made sure Thursday's quietly buoyant tribute would be a celebration of a Hall of Fame coach's life, as well as a chance for hundreds of old friends to reunite in praise and mourning.

"He said he ...

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