Jul 31, 2007 4
I’m barely old enough to vividly remember it, how the 49ers went from a laughing stock to a dynasty, but I definitely do. I specifically remember watching Bill Walsh’s 49ers develop in front of my young eyes, and the crux of my memory is that it was very special. I think it was the first time I had seen a great team being built. At the time, the truly exceptional teams like the Steelers and Cowboys had been excellent well before I started actively watching and understanding football. This was the first time I had watched in awe as a team beautifully came together, led on the field of course by the most clutch player in the NFL, Joe Montana. That TD pass to Dwight Clark was one of the brightest moments in NFL history mainly because it was the culmination of one of the most impressive coming-of-age moments by a team in league history.
Montana was unbelievable, of course, but I distinctly remember focusing on this guy Bill Walsh, who I had not heard of just a year or two before the 49ers made their first championship run. This guy didn’t look like a head coach, and I noticed [...]