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Jim Harbaugh looks forward to his large-headed son’s football c…

Jim Harbaugh looks forward to his large-headed son’s football career

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 28, 2013
The periodic concerns that come from the parents of boys (or from parents like President Obama who don’t and won’t have sons) regarding whether the young men entrusted to their care will create for some families a potential opportunity. 49ers coach Ji
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  • How Muhammad Ali brought ‘What’s my name?’ to the Baltimore Rav…

    How Muhammad Ali brought ‘What’s my name?’ to the Baltimore Ravens

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Last September, the Baltimore Ravens received a surprise visitor to their facility in the person of Muhammad Ali, whose specific inspiration to the team was recalled that day by Jack Harbaugh, father of Ravens head coach John and San Fran…
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  • The Ravens Are Happy and Ray Lewis Is Retiring. Repeat as Neede…

    The Ravens Are Happy and Ray Lewis Is Retiring. Repeat as Needed.

    nytimes.com Jan 28, 2013
    Ravens Coach John Harbaugh seemed a lot happier to be in New Orleans than his brother, 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh.
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  • Ex-49er Harris charged in ex-boyfriend's beating

    Ex-49er Harris charged in ex-boyfriend's beating

    CNNSI.com Jan 28, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris has been charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating involving a former boyfriend, a prosecutor and defense lawyer said.
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  • Jim Harbaugh responds to President Obama, says size of son’s he…

    Jim Harbaugh responds to President Obama, says size of son’s head bodes well for football future

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh never stops sizing up the competition out on the football field - even if it doesn't really exist. He also has an interesting view on which attribute predicts a good football future. The San Francisco 49ers head coach was asked on Monday ab
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  • The 49ers' Great Injustice

    The 49ers' Great Injustice

    nytimes.com Jan 28, 2013
    When quarterback Alex Smith lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick while out with a concussion, it sent a dangerous message to players in the N.F.L.
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  • All In The Family: They shared plenty as children, now they'll …

    All In The Family: They shared plenty as children, now they'll share…

    CNNSI.com Jan 28, 2013
    They shared plenty as children, now they'll share the NFL's biggest stage on Super Bowl Sunday. Are the Harbaughs cracking under the limelight? Not quite yet, writes Dennis Dillon.
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  • Aldon Smith blames sack drought on double and triple teams

    Aldon Smith blames sack drought on double and triple teams

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    Aldon Smith has 33.5 career sacks, the most for any player in his first two seasons since the NFL started keeping sack records in 1982. And his teammates and coaches voted him the 49ers’ MVP for a 2012 season in which he was second in the league with 19
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  • Terrell Suggs' unsolicited thanks to Cards

    Terrell Suggs' unsolicited thanks to Cards

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- A mere 3,565 days have passed since the 2003 NFL draft. That's not nearly long enough for Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs to forget about a certain team passing over him in the first round. Fans of the Arizona Cardinals …
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  • Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith coaches Colin Kaepernick more than I d…

    Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith coaches Colin Kaepernick more than I do

    If Alex Smith feels any bitterness over losing his position as the 49ers’ starting quarterback to Colin Kaepernick, he’s not showing it. In fact, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said today that Smith is the person who has done more than anyone to prepare Kae
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  • Grigson, not Schneider, named top exec

    Grigson, not Schneider, named top exec

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Executives throughout the NFL would happily trade places with Super Bowl general managers Trent Baalke (San Francisco) and Ozzie Newsome (Baltimore). Neither prevailed in voting among peers for the Sporting News' award honoring the top ex…
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  • 49ers not concerned about Aldon Smith’s recent sack drought

    49ers not concerned about Aldon Smith’s recent sack drought

    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday that defensive end Aldon Smith's teammates voted him the squad's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season, which would make sense for a player with 19.5 sacks in the regular seaso…
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  • Arians wanted Whisenhunt, Grimm if he got Bears job

    Arians wanted Whisenhunt, Grimm if he got Bears job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    Taking the Cardinals head coaching job apparently prevented Bruce Arians from assembling the coaching staff he really wanted. According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Arians had a different staffing plan if he had gotten the Bears job i…
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  • Former 49ers First-Round Pick In Court For Allegedly Beating Up…

    Former 49ers First-Round Pick In Court For Allegedly Beating Up His Ex-Boyfriend After Underwear Dispute

    deadspin.com Jan 28, 2013
    Well, this is awkward! Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Kwame Harris now joins a pretty amazingly short list of former NFL players who we know to have been involved in a gay relationship. Welcome aboard! Not the best way of putting the news ou…
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  • Help! Get! This! Ravens! Cheerleader! To! The! Super! Bowl!

    Help! Get! This! Ravens! Cheerleader! To! The! Super! Bowl!

    deadspin.com Jan 28, 2013
    The first thing you'll notice about this petition is that it contains a great deal of exclamation points. Why are there so many exclamation points? Who knows. Maybe it's a rhetorical strategy that we aren't familiar with, or perhaps the cheerleader who …
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  • Kwame Harris, former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman, arres…

    Kwame Harris, former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman, arrested for assaulting ex-boyfriend

    The NFL has no current players and startlingly few ex-players who are known to be gay, but it appears ex-49ers and Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris, a former first-round pick, has involuntarily been added to the list as a result of the legal fallou…
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  • San Francisco Players Carry On Legacy They Know Little About

    San Francisco Players Carry On Legacy They Know Little About

    nytimes.com Jan 28, 2013
    Most of the current 49ers are too young to have experienced the dominant San Francisco teams of the 1980s and '90s.
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  • 49ers hoping health remains on their side

    49ers hoping health remains on their side

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Safety Ed Reed and cornerback Cary Williams were the only Baltimore Ravens defenders to start every regular-season game for the AFC champions this season. The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers had nine defenders start every game. Overall, …
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  • Harris' arrest a reminder of failed drafts past

    Harris' arrest a reminder of failed drafts past

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Recent first-round draft choices such as Michael Crabtree and Aldon Smith helped the San Francisco 49ers reach Super Bowl XLVII. Failed first-round choices held back the team previously. One of them, 2003 first-rounder Kwame Harris, is in…
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  • The Following Players' Jerseys Were Selected To The Pro Bowl Fa…

    The Following Players' Jerseys Were Selected To The Pro Bowl Fan Brawl:

    deadspin.com Jan 28, 2013
    Andre Johnson, Texans; Aaron Brooks, Saints; Joe Montana, 49ers; Hines Ward, Steelers; Brett Favre, Packers. More »
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  • The Big Show Comes to Town (and Above It)

    The Big Show Comes to Town (and Above It)

    nytimes.com Jan 28, 2013
    The view from New Orleans: Super Bowl week has arrived, announced by white tents popping up around the city and the steady buzzing of the first blimp.
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  • Ndamukong Suh saved Louie Anderson from drowning … so there’s t…

    Ndamukong Suh saved Louie Anderson from drowning … so there’s that

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    While the Ravens and 49ers are getting ready for a Super Bowl, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was on the set of "Celebrity Diving" saving comedian Louie Armstrong from drowning. Apparently, these are the types of stories happen when a NF…
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  • Report: 49ers' Moss wants to play in 2013

    Report: 49ers' Moss wants to play in 2013

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    Randy Moss plans to play for at least one more season, ProFootballTalk.com reported Monday.
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  • Flacco can join Montana, Young in NFL postseason history

    Flacco can join Montana, Young in NFL postseason history

    If Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco plays well against the 49ers in the Super Bowl, he’s set to accomplish something that only a couple of of 49ers Hall of Famers have done in NFL playoff history. Flacco has thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptio
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  • Don Banks: Ken Whisenhunt breaks down Niners-Ravens matchup

    Don Banks: Ken Whisenhunt breaks down Niners-Ravens matchup

    CNNSI.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl pairing of San Francisco and Baltimore holds little surprise factor for Ken Whisenhunt. The newly named San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, and former Arizona Cardinals head coach, witnessed first-hand the rise of the…
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  • Justin Smith says torn triceps tendon is getting better

    Justin Smith says torn triceps tendon is getting better

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    49ers defensive end Justin Smith tore his left triceps tendon in Week Fifteen and missed the final two regular season games. He put a brace on the arm for the playoffs and was an impact run defender in San Francisco’s first two postseason wins, racking
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  • Billy Davis interviews for Eagles defensive coordinator

    Billy Davis interviews for Eagles defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    We shared earlier that the Eagles’ search for a defensive coordinator included a couple of coaches who have a pretty big game coming up on Sunday, but they aren’t limiting their search to members of the Ravens and 49ers coaching staffs. Adam Schefter
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  • Report: 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is expected to ask for his…

    Report: 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is expected to ask for his release before free agency

    San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith is expected to ask for his release before the free agent signing period begins on March 12, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports. Smith opened the 2012 season as the 49ers' starting quarterback, co…
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  • Youngstown experiences help Niners prepare for New Orleans

    Youngstown experiences help Niners prepare for New Orleans

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    Few will confuse Youngstown with New Orleans.  The 49ers hope their players are among that very small group. The unlikely connection between the two cities comes from a now-annual decision by coach Jim Harbaugh to take his team to Eastern Ohio for the w…
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  • Ravens assistant Ted Monachino in mix for Eagles defensive coor…

    Ravens assistant Ted Monachino in mix for Eagles defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Eagles open Super Bowl week without a defensive coordinator and it doesn’t look like they’ll hire one until after the big game. 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell has been linked with the job for a while and Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia In
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  • Around the NFC West: Embracing hype

    Around the NFC West: Embracing hype

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    Around the NFC West: Jan. 28, 2013 NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers arrived in Louisiana for what they are calling just another business trip. They arrived Sunday, seven days before their appearance in Super Bowl XLVII, and quickly compared this t…
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  • Programming note: Set up in New Orleans

    Programming note: Set up in New Orleans

    ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Good morning and welcome to Super Bowl week on the NFC West blog. I checked into my hotel near the New Orleans Convention Center early this morning and will be getting set up shortly. The first order of business will be registering at the…
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  • Justin Smith: 49ers “loaded” with “ridiculous” talent

    Justin Smith: 49ers “loaded” with “ridiculous” talent

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28, 2013
    San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith isn’t shy about saying the 49ers are the best team he’s been on. Asked at a press conference after the 49ers arrived in New Orleans about the talent level of the 49ers, Smith said it’s unlike anything he”
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  • The Dozen Overdone Super Bowl Story Lines

    The Dozen Overdone Super Bowl Story Lines

    nytimes.com Jan 28, 2013
    Have you already heard enough about the Harbaugh brothers or Ray Lewis or Colin Kaepernick? Don't be silly. It's Super Bowl week.
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  • 49ers' Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Willis focused

    49ers' Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Willis focused

    CNNSI.com Jan 28, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis talking about their focus upon arriving in New Orleans.
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  • Who Won the Super Bowl Today?

    Who Won the Super Bowl Today?

    grantland.com Jan 28, 2013
    On Sunday a Beyonce performance will be bookended by a football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. But before these teams ...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Pollard Questions Longevity Of NFL 03:17

    NFL32OT: Pollard Questions Longevity Of NFL

    Jan 28
    Episode 257: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Ravens Bernard Pollard's comments on the lastingness of the NFL. 49ers Tarell Brown discusses Jim Harbaugh and being on the road. The NFL32 crew breaks down Jim Harbaugh's decision to take a day of
  • Video - 49ers Sound Off On Kaepernick's Offense 01:13

    49ers Sound Off On Kaepernick's Offense

    Jan 28
    Frank Gore, Bruce Miller and Alex Boone talks about how Colin Kaepernick has changed the 49ers offensive scheme
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis: 'We've got to stop the run' 01:14

    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis: 'We've got to stop the run'

    Jan 28
    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis joins Willie McGinest on "NFL Total Access" to discuss his team's game plan versus the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Video - San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh jokes about pen necklace 00:53

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh jokes about pen necklace

    Jan 28
    Is San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh wearing a pen or a whistle? He jokes about a necklace he has been wearing since his days in San Diego.

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    Jan 28
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  • Don Banks: Ken Whisenhunt breaks down Niners-Ravens matchup

    Jan 28
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl pairing of San Francisco and Baltimore holds little surprise factor for Ken Whisenhunt. The newly named San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, and former Arizona Cardinals head coach, witnessed first-hand the rise of the…