Among them is Walsh. "As a player. I had an impression of Bill that, I think, a lot of people did—a little distant, a bit of an ego," Ramson says. "But now I see a real compassionate side, a person with a heart, who cares about me. I often think how tough it is for people in trouble who don't have someone like that in their corner."
Walsh, in turn, is proud of Ramson. "It took a while, but he dealt with the problem," the coach says. "He didn't give up on himself. He had the intelligence and presence to know that he had to get through something that was a self-imposed sentence."
Now Ramson is pursuing that elusive happily-ever-after. He says he has developed a relationship with "a higher power that keeps me sane." He finds comfort in rigorous weight training, as his chiseled 6'2", 230-pound frame attests. He sees his sons, Eason Jr., 21, and Joshua, 18, and he plans to devote time to Pros and Cons for Kids, a nonprofit drug-awareness program aimed at adolescents that he founded while in prison.
When the baseball Giants play at Candlestick, Ramson can hear the roar of the crowd through his office walls. He eagerly anticipates football season, when the stadium will be packed on Sundays.
"That's the greatest thing, to hear that Aahhhhhhhhhh again," he says, smiling. "I get an energy from that. I really get goose bumps. It's the right kind of high."