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Legendary and beloved former coach John Ralston dies

John Ralston, a longtime and beloved Bay Area college and professional sports figure, passed away peacefully in Sunnyvale on Saturday. He was 92.
Ralston’s influence spanned from when he was a Cal linebacker from 1947-1950 under legendary coach Lynn “Pappy” Waldorf” into the 21st century as a special assistant to the athletics director at San Jose State.
He was best known as a football coach with a positive approach to life that took Utah State, Stanford and the Denver Broncos to success.
Ralston began his coaching career as an assistant at San Lorenzo High in 1953, and spent two seasons at Mt.