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BillWalsh 

Bill Walsh

Sport: Football

Born: September 8, 1927

Died: May 13, 2012

Town: Phillipsburg, New Jersey

William Henry Walsh was born September 8, 1927 in Phillipsburg. He was one of two boys born to Ruth and Scotty Walsh. He and his brother Jim were fine athletes who excelled in baseball, football and basketball. Bill enrolled at Phillipsburg High School in 1941 and became a key figure in the school’s longtime sports rivalry with Easton High across the Delaware, in Pennsylvania. At 6'2" and 200 pounds, he was a formidable blocker and tackler.

Bill was the star of the Phillipsburg High School football squad in the early 1940s. During his three seasons as a starter, the team lost only two games. He arrived at Notre Dame in 1945 with much fanfare, as freshmen were allowed to join the varsity because of wartime manpower shortages. He immediately became the starter and in four years he helped the Fighting Irish win a pair of national championships while never missing a game. Notre Dame went undefeated in his final three seasons.

Bill was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the third pick in the 1949 NFL Draft. The Steelers ran the old single-wing offense, which was highly dependent on a mobile center. Bill earned All-Pro recognition in his second year, and was selected to play in two Pro Bowls during his six years with the Steelers. In his late 20s, he began thinking about a post-career job in football. When the opportunity presented itself in 1955, he left the NFL at age 27, still at the top of his game.

Bill returned to Notre Dame, where he coached the offensive line under Terry Brennan and Joe Kuharich for

 

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