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Harbaugh Visits with KNBR

Posted by Alex Espinoza on May 3, 2012 – 4:56 PM

A day after the untimely passing of his former teammate, Junior Seau, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to KNBR Thursday about the lasting impression Seau left on all those he encountered.

As he revealed in a statement on Wednesday, Harbaugh traded jerseys with Seau in the San Diego Chargers locker room following Harbaugh’s final game as a player. The two were teammates during the 1999-2000 seasons and Harbaugh recalled Seau’s engaging and generous personality.

“He had time for everybody,” Harbaugh said. “From the lowest guy on the totem pole right up to the owner and everybody in between. It’s just a very sad, sad time. My family’s thoughts and prayers go out to Junior and his family.”

Harbaugh also discussed other topics during the interview with Tom Tolbert, including the impressive showing of 49ers to the voluntary offseason program so far. For the 49ers coach, there are few things better than having his players at team headquarters getting ready for another season.

“It feels like a family reunion,” Harbaugh said. “You’re so excited and you see guys that haven’t seen in a couple of months. It’s just like the old family reunion back in Ohio where my family used to go.”

Harbaugh is also excited to see his new rookie class come to town. The organization made a big splash with its first two 2012 draft picks, wide receiver A.J. Jenkins and running back LaMichael James, and Harbaugh said he’s happy to add them to a “big, strong, fast team.”

“Both of those guys are not just fast,” Harbaugh said. “They’re impeccable on the field and they’re great guys off the field. I can’t wait to have both in our building.”

While the 2012 season opener at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers is more than four months away, Harbaugh is already telling his players to focus on the game. As soon as the 49ers heard they were starting the season at Lambeau, Harbaugh and his staff popped in Packers game tape.

But it’s not just film study that Harbaugh uses to get an edge on opponents. Harbaugh also told Tolbert he enjoys reading sports psychology and motivational books, while likening football coaching to a game of chess.

“You’re trying to think a move ahead, two moves ahead, three, four,” Harbaugh said. “If we could just possibly think four moves ahead or five moves ahead, then we’d be in a pear tree. We don’t have the capability to be like Bobby Fischer and think 12 moves ahead, but reading is knowledge.”

Harbaugh has plenty of former coaches and mentors to look up to. Off the top of his head, Harbaugh listed influences like former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Indanapolis Colts coaches Lindy Infante and Ted Marchibroda. But, of course, Harbaugh said his father Jack is the greatest coach he’s ever been around.

As for his brother John, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Harbaugh said he hasn’t had too many sibling scuffles in recent years. In fact, it’s been more than two decades since the two Harbaugh brothers last wrestled.

“Nineteen hundred and 89 would be my best guess,” Harbaugh said. “I was 22 or 23 and he was 25 and we were on a family trip in Jacksonville, Fla. We were wading in the water out there – body surfing or whatever we were doing – and the next thing I know we’re wrestling around. It was wrestling in the ocean.”

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13 Responses to “Harbaugh Visits with KNBR”

  1. By roodles111 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    o k coach we are ready for season opener homefield advanttage and SUPERBOWL WIN

  2. By Quarterback on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Like a bawse!!

  3. By bj on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been oh, so long, since being a niner fan was this much fun.

  4. By time2speakup on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    From Jed to the person that empties the waste baskets and locks up at night, this is the epitome of a sports organization. I am so proud to be a Niner I can’t stand it.

  5. By Niner from the cradle 2 the grave on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    For the FAITHFUL!!!!! Still gives me chills!!!….#Niner till I die

  6. By Niner from the cradle 2 the grave on May 3, 2012 | Reply

  7. By Niner from the cradle 2 the grave on May 4, 2012 | Reply

  8. By Vortex on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    I told my family and friends around this time last year when Harbaugh was hired that he would be the next Bill Walsh. It was just time and we also have our next Jim McKay in Baalke! Outstanding job.

    With a solid coach and GM we finally have a chance every year.

    SuperBowl or Bust!

  9. By the fanster on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    I love the way whitner just walks away from the saints dude after his big hit knocked dude out along with the ball

  10. By the fanster on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    cradle,,after watching all these highlights,,all the hair on my arms was standing up,reminding me of being at all these home games,,and then the painful memory of sitting in my seat about 30 mins. after the end of the NFC championship game wondering how the hell did we lose this game,,,WE HAVE SOME UN-FINISHED BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF,,,,,SEE YOU AT THE STICK,,,THIS YEAR LETS GO UN-DEFEATED AT HOME,,,AND IT ALL STARTS WITH THE LIONS

  11. By randy kirchhevel on May 6, 2012 | Reply

    i think the 49ers have the team to beat cause they are loaded on offence something they needed last year but most importantly address the punt and kick returner and make it sure its not a repeat cause we could have the best team overall and then make those little mistakes to cost us the game so i think overall they have a great season well the niners are at it i think they should add terrell owens i always dreamed of terrell owens teaming up with randy moss and then you vernon davis in the middle that would be really something watch out greenbay the niners is much potient team this year there is no reason why the niners cant beat the pack at lambeu field everybody will be ready for this one no questions asked

  12. By 49erfan on May 6, 2012 | Reply

    our time now

  13. By Lone Haranguer on May 8, 2012 | Reply

    It doesn’t get much better than this

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