Quotes and observations from Thursday's memorial service honoring Bill Walsh, the San Francisco 49ers' Hall of Fame coach who died July 30:
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``Everywhere one turns in this league, one will find the input and influence of Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh's life is a portrait of a life well-lived. ... More than anything, Bill wanted to be remembered as a man who cared about people, and who believed they were at their best when they were working for and caring about others.'' - Dr. Harry Edwards, a sports sociologist and longtime friend who delivered Walsh's eulogy.
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``All of our lives have been enriched because Bill Walsh touched us and coached us. I feel blessed that Bill was like a brother to me.'' - Eddie DeBartolo, former 49ers owner.
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``He was ahead of his time, and the game never did catch up to him.'' - Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.
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``His Hall of Fame career is now a permanent part of NFL history. He made us think differently, and he shared so much with all of us. He taught Xs and Os with amazing precision, but he also changed the Xs and Os. ... The Bill Walsh coaching tree is like a giant redwood, its influence towering over all levels of football.'' - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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``We talk about the coaching tree. In my opinion, Bill planted a friendship tree that's still blossoming and growing. To Bill, events were not as important as friendship.'' - Mike White, fellow coach and longtime friend.
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``Bill Walsh meant the world to me, because he gave me the opportunity. This guy was a father to me.'' - Jerry Rice, the most prolific receiver in NFL history.
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``I remember coaching on the practice field and really never wanting to disappoint him. His point always was that if you don't strive for perfection, you don't have a chance. ... In the last few years, he went from being my mentor to being my friend.'' - Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who got his NFL start as Walsh's assistant. Holmgren borrowed Seattle owner Paul Allen's private plane to travel to the memorial service.
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``He was a great conductor that took tremendous pleasure from putting the pieces of the orchestra together.'' - Former 49ers star Brent Jones.
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``If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I'm going to miss him terribly.'' - Former coach Dick Vermeil.
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