Keeping The Memory of Bill Walsh Alive
Hopefully, most Bootleggers™ have heard about this Saturday's special half-time tribute honoring the 30th anniversary of the 1977 Sun Bowl team.
Quite a number of the players on that great team will be in town this weekend, including Guy Benjamin, Darrin Nelson, Bill Kellar, Phil Francis, Gordon King, etc.
As some of you have already read in the latest issue of The Bootleg Magazine, I had the opportunity to conduct interviews with several players on the subject of the head coach of that 1977 team: Bill Walsh.
Through those interviews we hoped to keep alive, at least in some modest way, the spirit of the great man. During my conversation with former Stanford Wide Receiver Vincent Mulroy [1975-78], he agreed to share with me a personal voicemail message from Coach Walsh that he received back the spring of 2007. We agreed that it might make sense to share it with admiring fans of our coach, leader, mentor, and friend.We are grateful to Vince. How many of us have had the forethought and taken the time to preserve the voice and personality of an old friend, father or grandfather? It is fascinating to hear Bill's warmth come through in his message. He had a way with conveying a personal touch even when making a simple phone call. We are proud to share the experience with you. At least for us, hearing his singularly distinctive voice brings back very fond memories indeed.
Bill Walsh's 2007 voicemail to former Stanford WR Vincent Mulroy:
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