San Francisco 49ers Glory Years

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Bill Walsh
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Bill Walsh

The 49ers' dynasty was born when owner Eddie DeBartolo hired Bill Walsh away from Stanford following San Francisco's dismal 1978 season. Walsh had a rough first year in charge -- the `Niners went 2-14 in 1979 -- but he quickly took the franchise to the top of the NFL through shrewd drafting, clever schemes and smart free-agent signings.

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