July 7, 2006
Santa Clara, Calif. - Former Santa Clara football player and coach, Bill McPherson, class of `54, will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in November for his outstanding career on the football field. McPherson will join other prominent South Bay sports figures, Jennifer Azzi, Walt McPherson, and Mark Spitz as the twelfth class to be inducted. McPherson is also a member of the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame.
McPherson will be one of 58 members of the Hall of Fame who have received a bronze plaque in the concourse of the HP Pavilion. The induction will occur at a dinner and ceremony that will take place at the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose on a date to be determined in November. The night will also include a VIP reception and silent auction.
McPherson, who grew up in San Jose, graduated from nearby Bellarmine Academy in 1950 and played lineman for Santa Clara until 1954. He returned after graduation to become a defensive line and linebacker coach for both the Bells (1956-62) and the Broncos (1963-74). The Broncos went 72-39-2 while guided by McPherson and head coach Pat Malley. The weight room at the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center on the SCU Campus is named after McPherson and he is also a member of Bellarmine Hall of Fame.
After leaving his mark at Bellarmine and Santa Clara, McPherson moved on to coach UCLA (1975-77), the Philadelphia Eagles (1978), and then joined the San Francisco 49ers organization in 1979. He stayed with the 49ers coaching staff until 1998 and helped lead the team to all five of their Super Bowl championships. After coaching, McPherson took a position with the 49ers as the director of professional personnel until 2005. His son, former SCU football player Pat McPherson (class of '92), is also involved with the National Football League as a quarterback coach with the Denver Broncos.
The ceremony and dinner is hosted by the San Jose Sports Authority, the San Jose Arena Authority, HP Pavilion Management/San Jose Sharks, and the City of San Jose. Tickets for the event are available at $200 each and may be reserved by calling the San Jose Sports Authority (http://www.sjsa.org) at (408) 288-2936. Benefits will go to the Special Olympics Silicon Valley Region and local high school sports programs.