[EDITOR'S UPDATE - 10:00PM]
Denise and John York on Dick Nolan's passing:
"The San Francisco 49ers organization is mourning the loss of one of our legends with the passing of Dick Nolan. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nolan family and all those that loved and supported him.
His influence was far-reaching. He was a major part of the pantheon of great men who helped create the 49ers outstanding winning tradition, capturing three-straight NFC West titles in the 1970s.
Dick’s love of football came second only to family, and those values persevere as his son Mike continues to carry on the legacy of his father both on the field and off the field. It is only fitting that both Mike and his father were hired by the 49ers on the same day. Dick was hired on January 19, 1968 and Mike 37 years later on January 19, 2005.
The greatest honor we can give Dick is to have Mike carry on the same tradition that his father established during his tenure with the 49ers."
EDITOR'S UPDATE 7:30PM - So I was going to post something about Dick Nolan, but to be perfectly honest, his 49ers coaching career wrapped up before I was even born, so my only memories are when I read about Mike Nolan talking about his dad. So, for now, I'm just going to leave this thread here and let people use it to share any memories if you were around back then, or just to pay your respects.
EDITOR'S NOTE 6:55PM - Thanks to wjackalope for getting this up. I'll put together a little something tonight or tomorrow with my own thoughts. Our thoughts are certainly with Mike Nolan.
Dick Nolan passed away today. We'll see if Mike Nolan will still be coaching tomorrow or if Singletary will be in charge.