Coaching legend Bill Walsh was born on this day in 1931.
As the innovator of the “West Coast Offense”, Walsh led the 49ers to three Super Bowl championships. Notable NFL coaches that trace their coaching lineage back to Walsh include Mike Holmgren, Andy Reid, Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Tony Dungy, Jeff Fisher, Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Mike McCarthy, Brian Billick, and Steve Mariucci.
While playing football at San Jose State, Walsh was also an amateur boxer, and drew much coaching inspiration from the sport. Take a look back at how boxing played a part in his coaching methods as originally presented on “America’s Game: The 1988 San Francisco 49ers”: