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November 7, 2013
Bill Walsh didn't like hazing

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I received this email Wednesday afternoon from Jim Dennis, a former San Jose State and San Diego State offensive lineman who had a cup of coffee with the 49ers in the spring of 1986. The email is brief and to the point. And it's further proof that locker-room hazing is not an essential element for winning NFL championships. Here's Dennis:

"I was only there a few days in Redwood City due to a medical back issue but I will never forget Bill Walsh walking onto the field,and the first thing he said was, 'Welcome, we are here for one reason only and that is to win the World Championship and nothing else.' Then he said there will be no hazing of any kind as we are all equal. He also went on to say that the 49ers will overcome any penalty during the game as penalties are part of the game and there is no use complaining about it. As a life-long 49er fan growing up I was in complete awe of him but I have never forgot that first impression."

Jim Dennis
Sacramento, Ca

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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