ABSECON — The third annual Bill Walsh Past, Present, Future Alumni Flag Warrior Championship was held Saturday evening at Holy Spirit High School.

Walsh’s No. 16 jersey was retired by the school before the game got underway.

Walsh, who graduated from Holy Spirit in 1985, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in early 2017. The funds raised help offset Walsh’s medical costs.

People of all ages in attendance said Walsh has impacted their lives over the years.

For most, he was a life teacher more than anything else.

“The first time I talked to Coach Walsh, he really didn’t talk about football with me,” said Nigel Jones, a 2012 Holy Spirit graduate. “He shook my hand, brought me close and just talked to me.