'A Tribute to Bill Walsh' To Take Place During Stanford-San Jose State Game

Sept. 11, 2007

Stanford, CA - Stanford and San Jose State will honor the late Bill Walsh on Saturday, September 15, when the two teams face off at Stanford Stadium. The game, which will be renamed 'The Bill Walsh Legacy Game,' is just one way in which both Universities will honor the legendary coach. 'A Tribute to Bill Walsh' will include many activities and remembrances that will recognize Walsh's contributions to both Stanford and San Jose State.

'We are very excited to honor our friend, mentor, and colleague, Bill Walsh,' said Bob Bowlsby, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford. 'Coach Walsh had a profoundly positive influence on sports in the Bay Area and across the nation. He also inspired a generation of coaches and athletes to achieve at the highest levels.'

'Bill truly transcended the game of football. His style of coaching and play was revolutionary, but his principles of leadership are everlasting,' said San Jose State Athletic Director Tom Bowen. 'On behalf of San Jose State University, we are honored to be part of this very special dedication in celebration of Bill's tremendous legacy.'

In addition to renaming the game in Walsh's honor, there will be a moment of silence during pre-game festivities, followed by a video tribute. At halftime, Walsh's wife, Geri, and members of the Walsh family, in an on-field ceremony, will join Bowlsby and Bowen.

Both Stanford and San Jose State are wearing 'BW' decals on their helmets throughout the year. Cardinal coaches are also wearing a 'BW' patch on their shirts and Cardinal players have a 'BW' patch on their game jerseys. San Jose State coaches have 'BW' patch on their game shirts.

Stanford will also honor Walsh with the Bill Walsh Leadership program and the The Bill Walsh Award. The leadership program will include all aspects of Stanford's staff development program, a student-athlete mentorship program and an overall quality improvement program, all of which will fall under the umbrella of the Bill Walsh Leadership Program.

The Bill Walsh Award was established last spring and will be an annual award presented at Stanford's Athletic Board Awards Luncheon each June. The award is 'presented to the student-athlete who most effectively inspires his/her team and the Stanford campus and community through exemplary commitment, service, composure and integrity.'

A commemorative game program and complimentary posters to the first 10,000 fans will be available. The poster memorializes Walsh as 'Our Coach, Leader, Mentor, Friend.' Stanford will pay tribute to Walsh throughout the season with a series of video vignettes that will be broadcast on the video board at all Cardinal home games in 2007.

A Tribute To Bill Walsh
Saturday, September 15, 2007
San Jose State vs. Stanford

• Game will be renamed 'The Bill Walsh Legacy Game'
• Establishment of the Bill Walsh Leadership Program
• Bill Walsh Award to be presented annually to Stanford student-athlete
• Pre-game festivities include a moment of silence and video tribute
• Halftime ceremony with Bill's wife, Geri, members of the Walsh Family, Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby and San Jose State Athletic Director Tom Bowen
• Commemorative game program
• Posters for first 10,000 fans: 'Celebrating Bill Walsh: Our Coach, Leader, Mentor, Friend'
• Video vignettes honoring Walsh at every home Stanford football game throughout the 2007 season
• Stanford players wearing 'BW' decal on helmet and patch on jersey throughout season; coaches have 'BW' patch on their game shirts
• San Jose State players also have 'BW' decal on their helmets; coaches have 'BW' patch on their game shirts

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