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Purple Reign 2 excerpt here: How to find a franchise quarterback

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Purple Reign 2 excerpt here: How to find a franchise quarterback

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Nestor Aparicio

Ever wonder why the Baltimore Ravens fell in love with Joe Flacco in the first place? Here are all of the answers!

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 6 of the definitive book on the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory in New Orleans, Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story.

If you enjoy it, please consider buying the books for the holidays as gifts for anyone who loves the Baltimore Ravens.

You can purchase both Purple Reign books by clicking here:

You can read an excerpt from Chapter 9 here where Joe Flacco and Steve Bisciotti talk about the risk of $100 million:

You can read an excerpt from Chapter 15 on the firing of Cam Cameron and its impact on Joe Flacco:

 

 

 

CHAPTER 6: HOW TO FIND A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK

 

 

“You can always look at how the guys play. You just look at the tape. But at the combine you find out what kind of people they are. What’s important to them? How important is football to them? How important is their family to them? If we get those two things right, we’ll be right most of the time.”
-- John Harbaugh (March 2008)

 

 

AN NFL SCOUT’S LIFE EXISTS with perpetual hope. Every time he shows up on a campus to watch a kid run, or gets on a plane to fly to a college town to see a game in the fall, or fires up his iPad to watch film, he wants to believe he’s about to find the next player who will help his team win the Super Bowl.

It’s the eternal quest for any NFL scout – find the next Pro Bowl player who can become a Hall of Famer. Or, at the very least, find a player who can help you win every year for the next decade.

By the time Baltimore Ravens area scouts Andy Weidl and Joe Douglas got in their cars and made the one hour drive north up Interstate 95 from Owings Mills to Newark, Delaware on November 10, 2007, Joe Flacco wasn’t a secret to the college scouting world. And he certainly was no stranger to Douglas, who joined the team in 2000 and is known to all in the Ravens organization as “Big Joe D,” whose job it was to scout the Northeast for the team from 2003 through 2008. Douglas was made famous during the Ravens’ summer of 2001 filming of “Hard Knocks” on HBO as “The Turk,” the lowly scout who has the duty of summoning players from the locker room to the office of the head coach where “Coach wants to see you, bring your playbook” means you’ll be leaving the campus and chasing your NFL dream elsewhere.

Incidentally, UrbanDictionary.com defines “turk” as “someone who is extremely brave.” Joe Douglas spent six months talking Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and Joe Hortiz into drafting a Division 1-AA quarterback from Delaware in the first round of the NFL draft.

Douglas, by any measurement, is as brave as Joe Flacco is fearless.

By 2007, Douglas had moved up the ranks of the scouting system and was making that fateful Saturday a “quarterback doubleheader” – a rare chance to see two teams in one day, both with targets who could be the next quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens. The afternoon game in Newark featured the Delaware Blue Hens hosting the Richmond Spiders in a Division I-AA matchup. The nightcap on the docket was Boston College visiting the Maryland Terps in College Park and Douglas would be joined by longtime Ravens scouts Eric DeCosta and Joe Hortiz, whom he’d meet at the I-95 Park and Ride near Catonsville so they could travel together to Byrd Stadium. Their target that evening was visiting Eagles quarterback Matt Ryan, who many thought would be the first quarterback – if not the first player – taken in the April 2008 draft.

Incidentally, Douglas was rooting hard for Richmond that afternoon and not out of disdain for Flacco or Delaware. Douglas was the starting left tackle for the Spiders from 1995-1998 and had been through many battles with the Blue Hens on the field. He was also quite familiar with many of the coaches and players in this contest. Even when he didn’t attend Richmond games – and it was rare to see his alma mater in person because NFL scouts don’t scout a lot of I-AA football games unless there’s a specific prospect they want to evaluate – his father would give him weekly Spiders reports from stands.

It was Douglas’ dad, Joel Douglas, who first told Big Joe D about Joe Flacco a year earlier after seeing the 2006 matchup in Richmond.

“He went to the game with my uncle and he called me up and said, ‘I don’t know who that Delaware quarterback was, but Richmond couldn’t stop him,’” Douglas said of a day when Flacco, then a junior who was making his seventh start for the Blue Hens, went 31-of-45 for 305 yards and a pair of TD passes in a come-from-behind 28-24 win over the Spiders. “Honestly, I was more mad that Richmond blew the lead than I was concerned about who Delaware’s junior quarterback was that day.”

The NFL scouting calendar begins in May after the draft. DeCosta and Hortiz enlist the entire organization to target potential candidates to scout for the following year. By August, the scouts plan their entire schedule for the fall, trying to chunk as many practices, games, campus visits and interviews as possible into the schedule while also trying to see the Ravens play some games at home and away. As an NFL scout, this is the most important time of the year because it’s a grueling workload, traveling as much as six days per week in search of a handful of picks you’ll make next April. Choosing a wise schedule lends itself to more rest and better scouting when you’re not driving six hours every day between visits. The schedule has to flow and be manageable so every possible combination is considered around games, campuses, distance, dates and, most importantly, legitimate prospects.

In the summer of 2007, Ravens scout Mark Azevedo, who was assigned Delaware during spring ball, recommended that Douglas see a tall, lanky kid who played quarterback at Delaware.

“Mark said, ‘Delaware has a kid with an arm. Put them on your schedule,’” Douglas said. “I had to look up his name because it rang a bell from the previous year when Delaware beat my Spiders.”

Even with McNair coming off a big 2006 season, anyone with football intelligence knew that the Ravens would probably be in the market for a quarterback in 2008 just based on his age and the fact that no one on Newsome’s staff – or Billick’s coaches for that matter – believed that incumbents Kyle Boller or Troy Smith were the answer. So, Douglas believed that seeing quarterbacks was a major priority that summer and fall in the hopes of finding the right player the following spring.

It was a full time job, this searching-for-a-Super Bowl-MVP-quarterback work.

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CYBER DEAL: Buy “Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story” for Father’s Day here

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CYBER DEAL: Buy “Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story” for Father’s Day here

Posted on 25 April 2013 by Nestor Aparicio

Thanks for checking our section of purple cyberspace and for having interest in purchasing Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story via WNST.net. It’s been a labor of love for me — researching, writing and presenting the building of a NFL championship.

In 2001, I wrote Purple Reign: Diary of a Raven Maniac and I’ve had many inquiries regarding reprinting it and packaging it with the new book on the 2012 Ravens. So, below are the options to purchase both books as well as a 6-CD collection of our best WNST radio interviews with the many stars and interesting people from Super Bowl XXXV and Super Bowl XLVII. It will have original audio from 1990′s with Ray Lewis, Brian Billick, Jon Ogden as well as a two-hour life retrospective when I sat down with Arthur B. Modell in 2004. We’ll also include highlights from the past two years with Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Torrey Smith, John Harbaugh and others. It will be nearly seven hours of conversation with Baltimore Ravens who have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.

The book is 480 pages, chock full of stories, background, behind-the-scenes information told in 22 chapters from the firing of Brian Billick to the hiring of John Harbaugh to the drafting of Joe Flacco and Ray Rice to the 2012 season and the Super Bowl XLVII win and parade down Pratt Street and celebration inside the stadium back in February.

And the best part of the book or books? They both have happy endings. If you love the Baltimore Ravens, you’ll love the book(s).

It’s the best work of my career and I know once you read it you’ll agree. Virtually every review has been a 5-star compliment since the book was released in June 2013.

Here are two links to excerpts from Purple Reign 2:

This is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story.

And here’s another from Chapter 10 involving Joe Flacco and Steve Bisciotti’s cash showdown in August 2012.

 

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 REVIEWS FOR PURPLE REIGN 2:

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If you want to read game reviews about the 2012 Ravens, just looks online. If you want to read the story of the 2012 Ravens, if you want to relive the journey of the 2012 Ravens then read Purple Reign 2. This book cover so much history about the Ravens and is told through the eyes of Baltimore’s own award winning Journalist, Nestor Aparicio.The history of the Ravens is recapped from a fans perspective with inside information. Aparicio makes you feel as if you are in the Ravens Locker Room, draft war room and the sidelines. Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Ed Reed, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Art Model, Steve Biscotti, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh all provide Aparicio with amazing insight and recap events of the 2012 journey in a way never imagined. A must read for all football fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have if you’re a ravens fan. August 29, 2013
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The interviews make it all worth it. He goes into detail how some of the players were chosen in the draft. Honestly I couldn’t put the book down. You get to have a better insight and understand the different players in the team. If you’re a ravens fan, this is one book you definitely should have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ravens History August 19, 2013
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Nestor gives you behind-the-curtains access of the Ravens run to the Super Bowl!!! Amazing insight to the players, coaches and owners. A must have for every Ravens fan!!!
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Nestor Aparicio is a true fan of the Ravens and his passion is what makes this book so great.. All of the “behind the scenes” moments that he describes in detail, show all of the hard work that went into this book.. A Ravens fan can open this book at any point and be captivated.. The 2012 season was a great ride and this book puts all of the pieces together.. From process of the hiring of Coach John Harbaugh to the magical win of Super Bowl XLVII, a true page turner.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Can the “regression” talk regress now?

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Your Monday Reality Check: Can the “regression” talk regress now?

Posted on 25 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

Two of my absolute favorite people on the face of the planet are WNST.net’s own Luke Jones and Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole.

I really mean that. They’re not just two of my favorites in the business, they’re two of my favorites in the world. I love to talk shop with those guys, I love to chat about the world in general with them and I love getting the chance to spend time with them socially.

(This type of statement always leads to a “BUT….”, right? Not exactly this time.)

Both Jason and Luke joined me on “The Reality Check” during the first week of NFL free agency and separately brought up the same word, a specific word that has been repeated to me by a number of callers and e-mailers over the course of the last couple of weeks.

The word is “regression.” If you were playing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the moderator would tell you the word was of latin origin and could be defined as “a trend or shift toward a lower or less perfect state.” Perhaps the word could be used in a sentence along the lines of “After losing the players the Baltimore Ravens have lost thus far, we can expect regression from the team in 2013.”

That was essentially how both guys (and others) used the word over the last few weeks.

(You’re now CERTAIN there’s going to be a “BUT…” coming, aren’t you?)

I had to start every discussion about the term that I’ve had both on-air and off since the offseason began by accepting that Luke, Jason and everyone else who has suggested the Ravens are going to “regress” in 2013 are…well…probably right. I’m sorry. It had to be said.

They’re right because the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2012 and it will be very difficult for them to win the Super Bowl again in 2013. Any scenario that doesn’t involve the Ravens hoisting a third Vince Lombardi Trophy would technically mean they had “regressed” from where they were last season.

(Okay, now it’s time.)

BUT…I was never REALLY willing to accept the notion of “regression” for the Ravens at any point. Sunday’s signing of former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil re-inforces that belief, but it absolutely did not establish it. I just hope the addition of Dumervil will force others to similarly push aside the notion of “regression” in 2013.

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Newsome, Harbaugh respond to Reed departure

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Ravens General Manager & Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome:

“Our hope is that the Hall of Fame players we drafted could play their entire careers with us, but we understand why Ed is moving on to the Texans.

 

“He’s not the first Hall of Famer to move to another team. Tony Gonzalez is playing with the Falcons. Joe Montana played with the Chiefs. Shannon Sharpe and Rod Woodson played for the Ravens.

 

“How fortunate we were to have Ed with us for 11 seasons. He is one of the Ravens’ and NFL’s all-time greats. Words cannot measure what he did for us, including helping us win a second Super Bowl. We thank him for all he did for Baltimore. Ed will always be a part of the Ravens family.”

 

 

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh:

“Ed has had a major impact on our organization and our community. He is a great player and a great friend. We will always be thankful for what we accomplished together.”

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My New Orleans march & Baltimore parade Super Bowl scrapbook of Ravens memories

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My New Orleans march & Baltimore parade Super Bowl scrapbook of Ravens memories

Posted on 10 February 2013 by Nestor Aparicio

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Ravens get 12/1 odds to repeat as Super Bowl champs

Posted on 04 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).

 

“It is not a secret that we did not have an ideal result last night, the Ravens winning outright really cost us on the money line and futures and it made two years in a row the book did not have a winning Super Bowl.  One saving grace was the safety at the end of the game did not allow Baltimore to cover the alternate spread of them winning by 3.5 paying out at 5/2 odds, which was our heaviest bet prop, so at least that went in our favor.  The National Anthem as unpredictable as it was this year, our number was pretty dead on with it just going over the total of 2:15 while we were a bit low on the number of times they would say “Harbaugh” during the game, we had posted a total of 20.5 and I stopped counting once it hit 30, the power outage was no help on that one.”

 

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

 

Super Bowl XLVIII Odds (2014)

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII  

Denver Broncos                                     7/1

New England Patriots                             15/2

San Francisco 49ers                              15/2

Green Bay Packers                                10/1

Baltimore Ravens                                   12/1

Seattle Seahawks                                  12/1

Houston Texans                                     14/1

Atlanta Falcons                                     18/1

New Orleans Saints                               18/1

Pittsburgh Steelers                                18/1

Chicago Bears                                       20/1

New York Giants                                    20/1

Dallas Cowboys                                     25/1

Washington Redskins                            30/1

Indianapolis Colts                                   33/1

Cincinnati Bengals                                 35/1

Detroit Lions                                          35/1

Minnesota Vikings                                 35/1

Philadelphia Eagles                                35/1

San Diego Chargers                               35/1

New York Jets                                       40/1

Carolina Panthers                                  50/1

Kansas City Chiefs                                50/1

Miami Dolphins                                      50/1

St. Louis Rams                                      50/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers                         50/1

Arizona Cardinals                                   66/1

Cleveland Browns                                   66/1

Tennessee Titans                                   66/1

Buffalo Bills                                           100/1

Oakland Raiders                                    100/1

Jacksonville Jaguars                               150/1

 

Exotics Results

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the US National Anthem?

Over/Under                    2 minutes 15seconds

2:20

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?           

Yes                  5/1

No

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?           

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                     -200     (1/2)

No

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Alicia Keys add at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?   

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                     -300     (1/3)

Yes

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Beyonce be joined by Jay Z on Stage during the Super Bowl Half Time Show?           

Yes                  +110     (11/10)

No                     -150     (2/3)

No

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will Beyonce’s hair be Curly/Crimped OR Straight at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?           

Straight             -140      (5/7)

Curly/Crimped    EVEN   (1/1)

Curly/Crimped

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What predominant color will Beyonce’s top be at the beginning of the Super Bowl Halftime show?           

Black                            9/4

Gold (Yellow)                 11/4

Silver (Grey)                  7/2

White                            5/1

Red                              13/2

Pink                              15/2

Orange                          12/1

Blue                              15/1

Green                           15/1

Black

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will either Jack or Jackie Harbaugh be shown on TV wearing any clothing that has either a SF or BAL logo on it during the game?         

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                     -300     (1/3)

No

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will Jack Harbaugh be shown on TV during the game?  

Over                              1.5  (-140)          (5/7)

Under                            1.5 (EVEN)        (1/1)

1

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will the game be referred to as the Harbaugh Bowl or Har Bowl or Super Baugh during the game?         

Over/Under                    2 ½

0

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will be shown first during the game? 

Jim Harbaugh                            1/1

John Harbaugh                           1/1

Split screen shot of both             4/1

Jim Harbaugh

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How long will the post game handshake/hug last between Jim & John Harbaugh?           

Over/Under                    7.5 seconds

4 seconds

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will be mentioned more by full name during the game?       

Jim Harbaugh                 -120

John Harbaugh               -120

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many times will Harbaugh be said during the game?

20.5

Over 30 times

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will any Baltimore of San Francisco Player on active roster be arrested before Super Bowl XLVII?    

Yes                  5/1

No

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will Barack Obama pick to win the game?     

Baltimore Ravens                        -200     (1/2)

San Francisco 49ers                  +150     (3/2)

No Action, did not make pick

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?  

Clear/Water                   7/4

Orange                          5/2

Yellow                           5/2

Green                           13/2

Red                              13/2

Blue                              13/2

No Action, no Gatorade dumped

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?     

Teammates                                          5/4       

God                                                      5/2       

Coach                                                   12/1     

Family                                                  12/1     

Owner                                                   15/1     

Does Not Thank Anyone                         9/4

Does Not Thank Anyone

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – If Ray Lewis is interviewed on TV after the game on the field or in the locker room how many times will he mention “God/Lord” 

Over/Under                    3

1

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will the TV Rating be for the Super Bowl?    

Over/Under                    46

No results yet

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – How many average viewers will the game have?  

Over/Under                    111 million viewers

No results yet

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Which region will have the higher local TV Rating?          

Baltimore                          -150     (2/3)

San Francisco               +110     (11/10)

No results yet

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?       

Market Up                     -140      (5/7)

Market Down                 EVEN   (1/1)

No results yet

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – What will be the highest tweet per second during the Super Bowl?          

Over/Under                    15,000

No results yet

 

SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS – Will any player get a penalty for excessive celebration in the game?       

Yes                  +225     (9/4)

No                     -350     (2/7)

No

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See Harbaugh, Flacco, Lewis and more react to Super Bowl win here

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See Harbaugh, Flacco, Lewis and more react to Super Bowl win here

Posted on 04 February 2013 by WNSTV

Our WNST.net staff took some video of Baltimore Ravens players offering their reactions to the team’s 34-31 over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday for their second Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Head Coach John Harbaugh…

Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco…

Retiring future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis…

New Orleans native and future Hall of Fame S Ed Reed (Part 1)…

Ed Reed Part 2…

WR Torrey Smith…

DL Haloti Ngata…

(We apologize for the quality of the video at times. As you can imagine, the postgame scene was mobbed and our crew was multitasking to say the least.)

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Jim Harbaugh says Culliver’s statement will impact him moving forward

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(on Chris Culliver’s statements) “We reject what he said. That’s not something that reflects the way the organization feels, the way most of the players feel.”

 

(on if Chris Culliver’s statements will impact his playing time in the Super Bowl) “I think it’s going to impact him going forward. I think it’s something that he will learn about himself. You saw his statement; he pledged to grow from it. It will affect him. Hope and pray that it affects him in a positive way going forward.”

 

(on Frank Gore’s evolution within the pistol offense) “Nobody does it better than Frank Gore. Nobody. Have the greatest respect for Frank because he has the greatest respect for the game. It’s evidenced by how he plays, every single game, every single day. Nobody does it better than Frank Gore. I really believe in his talent, but the greatest share is his love for the game; his love and respect for the game of football.”

 

(on what motivation approach he’ll use before the game) “I don’t have anything in mind to really answer that question. Very excited for today. I would really love to have a photocopy of yesterday. That’s what I would most like to have to get out of today. The energy we had at practice, the execution we had at practice, if we could go to the machine and get a photocopy of exactly what we had yesterday and come back and get that today would be outstanding. If I could just elaborate a little bit, we had a lot of things go good for us yesterday as I said, execution, the energy. Outstanding by our scout team players. I’d just like to talk about that for just a little bit because it was so striking. Our young players, our future starters on future championship teams have progressed and it’s been wonderful, wonderful that we’ve gotten five extra days of practice than 20 other teams have gotten. There’s been some guys, Ricardo Lockette was outstanding. He was flying around the field. Ricardo Lockette, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Cam Johnson and Al Netter are four guys that are on our squad had a chance to go to other teams during the season, they got offers to be brought up to other teams’ 53 (man roster) but chose to stay with the San Francisco 49ers. I believe it speaks volumes for the way they enjoy being on this team and being with their teammates. Guys like Michael Thomas. Michael Thomas has been just a stud this entire year. He plays safety, he plays corner, he plays receiver. He just keeps getting better and better. Trenton Robinson is our scout team player of the week in some form or fashion, whether it’s on offense or special teams, or defense, pretty much consistently every single week. Kenny Wiggins is doing an outstanding job. Scott Tolzien just busts his butt every single day. I notice in some of the clips that he was talking about writing an essay about the quarterback room and the example that Alex Smith has shown this year. We’re going to make that be a real essay, too. We’re not going to let that be just an empty suggestion by Scott Tolzien, we’ll look very much forward to getting that essay. Michael Wilhoite is a guy that was that kind of player for us last year and the first part of this year and now he’s out there playing, and playing in the Super Bowl this week. I just can’t tell you how exciting and how wonderful it is to see these players grow. I can’t wait to see them come back out today. A guy like Ian Williams has been fantastic, not to mention Ricky Jean Francois. We couldn’t block him yesterday; we could not block him. So there were quite a few positives going and like I said, we’ll see if we can’t get a photocopy of that today.”

 

(on if he’s developing his young players like a college bowl game) “Yes, it does feel that way. It just reinforces what you believe as a former player and as a coach, that you get better at football by playing football, by practicing football. There are other ways, the conditioning, the weight lifting, the hours and hours that the men do that, but the playing of football and the practicing of football. These guys have a great attitude and work extremely hard, you just know it’s going to work out for guys like that. To see it working out, it’s just a tremendous feeling for us and no question, the bowl week preparation, that’s always three extra weeks but we’re getting five. I believe this is week five with the bye we had going into the first round, then the first round game, then the second round game, and then a bye and then this week. Week five, maybe six. It’s just fantastic, wonderful, wonderful. See if we can’t get a photocopy of that today.”

 

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

 

QUOTES FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS MEDIA SESSION

 

MORE HEAD COACH JIM HARBAUGH

 

(on what he has seen from David Akers) “He did have the offseason surgery. It was a struggle for him in the offseason, not that I knew that. I wasn’t aware of that, but teammates and talking to David, it’s something that he worked very hard at, rehabilitating in the offseason. Came into training camp ready to go and got off to a wicked hot start at the beginning of the season. Then had some missed field goals in the middle, but was just grinding. The true competitor that he is kept working and kept grinding at it. Not over-kicking, but grinding with the process. He’s been hitting the ball really well. He’s had some really good hits on the ball that haven’t gone through and we’ll live with that. We know what he’s capable of doing. He’s going through his process practicing, working at it, and we’ll get the results. We’re very confident he’s going to have a big day in the Super Bowl.”

 

(on whether there was a moment he decided to stick with David Akers) “That’s a multiple choice question, but I think several factors. What he’s done, what he’s capable of, the way he’s worked at is rehabilitation, and the way he’s hitting the ball. We even threw in some competition there three or four weeks back and he prevailed in that environment. There are several factors.”

 

(on if he believed that Colin Kaepernick was the best player in the 2011 Draft) “I’ve said this a couple times, but we’ll address those draft stories and different decisions that took place a couple years ago at a different time. All those questions and answers lead to shameless self-promotion. This is Colin’s time. He’s worked extremely hard and he’s done a tremendous job. This is time for the players that are playing in the game. Rather than veer off onto that path, I would rather avoid that at this time.”

 

(on whether he spoke with Chris Culliver personally) “We had a conversation, yes.”

 

(on if running the wishbone at Michigan helped open his eyes to running the option in the NFL) “Yes, I’m sure. Bo Schembechler talked about it before, Lou Holtz has said it, maybe in the best way that I’ve ever heard it, said was that by running option football, it allows you to play 11-on-11. Football without an attack is basically playing with 10. A quarterback that doesn’t block anybody, isn’t an ineligible pass receiver basically leaves the defense with one more than you have. But when you have a quarterback that can run in the option attack, or give, or pitch, you get the numbers back to even, 11-on-11. Long had an appreciation for that type of football.”

 

(on Bill Walsh being involved in the Stanford job) “Coach Walsh did call me and left a message on my phone to see if I would be interested in the Stanford coaching job. I was intending to leave that message on my phone for the rest of my life, but I lost that phone or dropped it in the toilet or something. I can’t remember which it was, I lost it or dropped it in the can, but I don’t have that message anymore. Truly one of the most memorable things was getting that message.”

 

(on what he learned from Bill Walsh) “So many different things. When we first got to Stanford, Coach Walsh was working at Stanford. He would come in and one of our favorite things to do was to sit down and watch recruiting tape with our offensive staff. There was one day in particular that we had all of the quarterbacks lined up, there were seven or eight quarterbacks. There were a lot of names that you’d all know that are playing big-time college football and professional football. Coach Walsh was with us and we ranked them. My memory is that Andrew Luck was his, and our, favorite.”

 

(on what was said in the conversation between he and Chris Culliver) “I wouldn’t walk you through. I treat those conversations as private conversations. But, I do believe that there wasn’t malice in his heart; he’s not that kind of person. He’s not an ugly person; he’s not a discriminating person. He may have heard talk like that and may have thought that that was what his opinions were that he learned, but he regrets that. That’s not who he is, that’s not what he really  believes in. I think it took this incident to hear those words being said by home and to see them written down on paper, for him to realize that they were hurtful and ugly. I know that he takes that to heart and I really think this is something he’ll learn and grow from.”

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(on Chris Culliver’s play) “He’s been a very valued member. He’s been a trusted agent and known friend to our team.”

 

(on how he would feel if he beat his brother in the Super Bowl) “If we are to win this game, it’s going to be earned. That would be the adjective I would use. This is a tremendous Baltimore Ravens team offensively, defensively and special teams. Strong, tough, big men who play in the lines. The quarterback is playing outstanding football. Joe Flacco has done it his whole career. When you’re watching him in playoff games, last year in the AFC Championship game, he made the big throw at the end of the game. It didn’t go their way, but he’s done that again this year in the high-pressure situations. That’s an offense that has the ability to attack with multiple weapons, the receiver position, the tight end position and the running back position. Our defense is in for a very formidable challenge. Defensively, the same thing. This is a team that is extremely talented on defense. They’re healthy, they’re a veteran group. They’re very well-coached. You see them adjust from team to team, whether it’s the Broncos, the Redskins, week-in and week-out this team has the ability to play at a high level from multiple looks. Special teams, they are consistently a top-5 in the National Football League. I’m repeating this, and maybe I’m a little biased, but an extremely well-coached team. The two things that worry us the most is it’s a talented team that plays with a lot of heart. If we were to win this game, it would be very well-earned and that would be the great thrill of winning. The wonderful, wonderful feeling of winning.”

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Parents say John, Jim got passion from mother Jackie

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUOTES FROM JACK AND JACKIE HARBAUGH PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Opening statement:

Jack: “Before we open up for questions, I’d like to tell a quick story. Back in 1957, Jackie and I were freshmen at Bowling Green State University. One of the great college coaches, his name was Doyt Perry. He’s a Hall of Famer, he was our college coach there. Our second year there, he held a class. It was Football 101. There were 35 guys in the class, all purporting to be coaches. That’s what they wanted to do, high school coaches and possibly college coaches. On the first day of the class, Doyt stood up and he said ‘How many of you here want to be coaches?’ and of course 35 hands went up. And he said ‘To start the class, I’m going to tell you the three things that are going to be necessary for you to be a coach. Number three, you have to have a love and passion for the game of football. Number two, you needed to outwork the people that you were coaching against.’ He said, ‘The reason I say that, I’ve been around you for about a year and there’s not many of you here that are going to outsmart anybody so you had better be prepared to outwork them.’ And he said ‘Number one on the list, if you want to be a coach someday, marry wisely.’ I guarantee the only advice that I know I listened and followed from the great coach Doyt Perry was the marry wisely part. Jackie Harbaugh is the foundation of this Harbaugh family. She is the rock of our family. She’s the one that moved us 17 times in a 43 year coaching career. She sold houses at every stop and she bought houses at every stop. She took them in to school and out of school. She went to school when things didn’t go well. This is my hero right here, Jackie Harbaugh. You’re going to ask us how we feel on this historic day? Jackie, who has it better than us? Nobody!”

 

(on when the last time they watched a Super Bowl together was)

Jack: “I would say every sporting event, every big sporting event was a big occasion at our house. I can remember back when we were watching the Boston Bruins play in a hockey game way back where Bobby Orr had that great shot where he flew across the net and knocked it in. John, to this day, still holds us responsible because he was on a refreshment run. He was about halfway up the steps when Orr knocked that puck into the goal and he has never forgiven us for not seeing that. They had no replays in those days, so I don’t know if he ever did see the shot.”

Jackie: “No, not really because I don’t think back in the 70s, it wasn’t as big of as an event as it is today. We kind of took every day as it came. So, no Super Bowl parties.”

 

(on where Jim and John got their colorful animated demeanors from)

Jack: “I think anyone that knows the family and knows Jackie and myself, and I think John and Jim would be the first to describe the emotion, passion and love comes from Jackie.”

Jackie: “I think we both feel strongly about certain things in life. We’re so excited for John and Jim to be in this situation but we’re also really excited for the players and their families. This is a huge event for them and I just am thrilled that some of them, this is their first time in this situation, so I can imagine how all those mothers and fathers feel about their sons being in this situation.

 

(on if there was ever a time where they talked to their sons about toning it down)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “The one thing that we watch and take great pride in is that both of them are themselves. We were around Bo Schembechler for a long time and there were a lot of coaches that tried to emulate him. The first time you weren’t yourself, you were exposed and somewhat of a fraud. So, always be who you are and not follow anyone else.”

 

(on whether all of the ‘J’ names are on purpose)

Jackie: “No, we aren’t very creative. John for Jack, because his given name is John. So John is after Jack. Jim is actually after my doctor. Dr. Frasier in Perrysburg, Ohio. They came in and said ‘What are you going to name this baby?’ and I said that I liked the name Jim. Joanie Marie is after my mother’s middle name and Jack’s mother’s first name.”

 

 

 

 

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(on when Jim and John understood that Jack was a football coach)

Jack: “Again, I have to point to Jackie. In coaching, a lot of times I left before the sun came up and came home after the sun went down. Jackie has a great philosophy and that is that she wanted her children to know what their father did. She wanted them to understand who he was and what he did. I can remember when they could just barely walk, John and Jim, that she’d bring them out to the practice field. We’d be practicing and they’d be around jumping on the dummies and then they learned they could throw the ball around. Then they learned they could get into the locker room and meet the players and those kinds of things. We would invite our players at Iowa and Michigan when they were growing up to come to the house on Thursday. That was the day we had off. Jackie would cook a great meal for them and then pretty soon they were wrestling on the floor. Jackie always involved our children in the job that we were involved with.”

 

(on whether Jack sees his own coaching style in his sons)

Jack: “I really believe they’re both who they are. I don’t think you have to watch very long or be a psychologist just to watch and see who they are. The beauty of it, they allow themselves to be who they are. I think Jackie and I are most proud of that.”

 

(on whether John picked on Jim)

Jackie: “I think that brothers both do this and so do sisters. So everyone out there that has a brother or sister, you all have had your little ins and outs with one another. So that’s not unusual.”

 

(on if either son has called to ask what the other has said about leading up to the Super Bowl)

Jack: “Bo Schembechler had two great sayings. One was, ‘if you’re going to play in the North Atlantic, you have to practice in the North Atlantic.’ The other was ‘loose lips sink ships.’ They both have subscribed to that philosophy, so no one talks to anyone. Jim is very quiet and guarded and John is very quiet and guarded. That’s exactly the way we want it.”

Jackie: “And so are we.”

 

(on how much Jim and John consult with Jack regarding football questions)

Jack: “The story that’s been told is on draft day in 2011 after the first day of drafts was over, Jim called on his way home and he asked what I thought about the draft. We didn’t have much to talk about as it relates to the draft, but he had not expressed to me who they were thinking about drafting at the quarterback position so I said ‘Jim, tomorrow in the second round, surely you’re going to draft a quarterback, but which one is it going to be?’ and it was dead silent. He said ‘are you talking to anybody?’ and I said ‘I swear I’m not talking to anyone.’ He said ‘we’re drafting Colin Kaepernick. Do I not only think that he’s the best quarterback in the draft, I think he’s the best football player in the draft and we’re going with Colin Kaepernick.’ And I thought to myself, ‘wise decision.’”

 

(on where this Super Bowl ranks amongst all Harbaugh moments)

Jackie: “I would honestly have to say that the birth of our own children and then the birth of our grandchildren are the most important to me and this is like frosting on the cake for our whole family, our extended family which includes a lot of relatives. I might take this time, if I may, to thank all those friends and families and all those ex-football players that have called us to congratulate John and Jim. They’re so excited for this because they feel they’re part of this, too. It’s fun hearing from them and sharing this moment with them.”

Jack: “All those millions of people that are parents out there, this is just a fantastic, fantastic experience and really no one has it better than us. But when you’re in the process of going through parenting, the day that they made the junior high school football team, they said we made our high school team. You have that feeling of being thrilled for your children. They go to high school and they make the high school team. Then they are lucky enough to get a college scholarship. Then every one of those stops along the tremendous journey. The thrill that you feel, I know this is on a big stage, but in parenting, those don’t rank any differently.”

 

 

 

 

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(on if they have any apprehension about after the game)

Jack: “For me, I jump in there—the one thing that I do think about is after the game. There is going to be one winner and there is going to be one that is going to be totally disappointed. My thoughts go to that one that will not experience the thrill of victory. That’s where our thoughts will be. We had a little bit of a dry run on this last year with Thanksgiving. We watched the game and I know this has been reported before, but we watched the game in an office in the Ravens stadium. They were so kind to give us that privacy. During the three hours and 15 minutes, this lady was comatose. There was no expression. Her face was totally lifeless. Her eyes were glazed over watching the game. Then the game was over and you just dropped your head and we went down an elevator and opened the door to the Ravens locker room—I mean, the excitement of victory. We’ve all experienced that excitement of victory—guys jumping up and down, the smile on John’s face. They were just ecstatic and that thrill of victory, there is nothing like it. Victory, the thrill of victory. Then you realize that you’re not needed here. They had so much going on for them. You walk across the hall, and you went into the 49ers locker room and you walked and you saw the players walking about. That look in their eyes, that look of not being successful and coming up short. We opened up a couple doors and finally saw Jim all by himself in this room, just a table and a chair. He was still in his coaching outfit. His head down in his hands and you looked into his eyes and you realized that this where you’re needed as a parent. Every single parent can identify with that. That thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. On Sunday night, we’re going to experience both of those great emotions. Our thoughts will be with the one that comes up a little short.”

 

(on if they are worried that their feelings for the son that loses will diminish the thrill for the son that wins)

Jackie: “No, I don’t think so because we will see both of them after the game. We’re going to hug both of them and tell them how proud we are of them and their teams because those teams are going to prepare well for this game. All of the players are going to prepare well. It’s going to be a cleanly played game. It’s going to be a fairly officiated game. That’s, to me, what we’re looking forward to in watching this game.”

Jack: “We’ll have plenty of time after, to tell them how thrilled and excited we are for them.”

 

(on what Jack remembers about giving John his first job as a GA in 1982)

Jack: “It was one of the joys of my life. John lived at home with us. He wasn’t making any money I don’t think. He was getting a scholarship to get his master’s degree, which he did from Western Michigan University. I don’t think he had a car. It was just John and myself. Every morning, we’d wake up and jump in the car and had a half hour drive to work. We had a chance to talk football and talk about strategy and talk about all the things that a father and son would talk about. We worked all day and sometimes things went well; sometimes they didn’t. After work, around 10 o’clock, 10:30 at night, we’d jump in the car and drive home. For like two years! Finally, I think we were able to give him enough money where he got a car of some kind and eventually moved out on us. Those years that we were with John were really a joy for us.”

 

(on what kind of coaching John did for him)

Jack: “Let me tell you a story about how he got into coaching. Political science, a good student, a three-plus plus student. He was right around a 3.5 student at a great academic school. Political science and possibly going into law school and all those different kinds of things. Jackie was so excited about it. She loves political science and loves politics. He came home one day and we’re sitting around the table and we’re having dinner. Jackie says, ‘John, what law school will it be?’ John said, ‘Mom, I think I want to try coaching.’ Which Jackie, I’m embellishing this story a trifle, to which Jackie went facedown into the mashed potatoes. She said, ‘What? Coaching? You’ve got to reconsider this!’ He decided to get into coaching and to come to Western (Kentucky). Our thought was one year he was on the offensive side of the ball. The next year, he was on the defensive side of the ball, so he could experience both sides of the ball. Then he was off to the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked with Mike Godfried at Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant.”

 

(on what Jackie thought about John becoming a coach)

Jackie: “Yes, may I tell the truth? There were no mashed potatoes and that’s what we thought John probably was going to do, but then when he came home and talked about it and I saw that look in his eyes, my feeling was you have to do what you want to do. If you want to try this and see where it takes you, that would be great.”

 

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(on if he thinks John will pull any tricks on Jim)

Jackie: “No.”

Jack: “One more thing about this Thanksgiving game in Baltimore between San Francisco and Baltimore. Looking at that game in retrospect and watching it playback a couple of times, I thought that was one of the finest played football games that I had ever been a part of. I’m not just talking about the way it was played strategy-wise and the intensity of the offense and defense and special teams. I’m talking about the players. The players—that’s what it’s all about. Those guys, on that particular night, they played this game the way it’s supposed to be played: blocking and tackling and running and chasing. A great, great display of football. I believe that’s what we’re going to see on Sunday night.”

 

(on the family vacation at Gettysburg a few years ago and if they talked about the brother vs. brother scenario back then)

Jack: “We did a little bit because we knew the game, the Thanksgiving game was scheduled. We knew that was on the schedule, so we talked about it a little bit, but it was such on plowed ground. We had never experienced it and wouldn’t know how we would feel. I’m sure John and Jim wouldn’t realize how they would feel. So we really didn’t have any kind of a blueprint for what it was going to be like. Now, we’ve seen a little bit and so we have a little bit more of an understanding about how to handle it emotionally.”

 

(on what plans do they have for a potential rematch next year in New York City)

Jackie: “One game at a time.”

Jack: “If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard her say that, I want you to know that I would be rich.”

 

(on the differences in personality between John and Jim)

Jack: “I refuse to go to that ground, to that particular place. I’ve heard John and Jim both explain this and I think it’s a philosophy that we have in our family, anytime you compare, you have a tendency to demean with any kind of question like that. So we try to stay as far away from those kinds of comparison as we can.”

Jackie: “Really, they’re more similar than they are different. The media and people out there, they may have judgments about their personalities because of how the media might focus on them during a game and catch them in a moment of jubilation or sadness. That’s where the outside people get this feeling about the differences in them. They are more similar because they are both very caring individuals. They are both very good fathers. They love their children very much. That really makes us proud, to see them with their own children. They are very caring because they have done a lot of community work in every city that they’ve ever been in. A lot of work that really is unrecognized and that’s the way they want it. For us, that’s what we’re proud of. They are very caring individuals.”

Jack: “Just a quick follow up on that is for the game last week, the Ravens and the Patriots game, the picture on my mind right of that game is pregame, when the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ was being played. John was there and his daughter Alison, she does some work with him on the sideline there. She runs some photographs, I guess to the coaches. Alison was on the field and he had his arm draped around her shoulders and they were cheek-to-cheek. He had his hand over his heart as the national anthem was being played. For me, that’s moment of that game that I’m just going to remember forever. Family and country, how beautiful that message was. For Jim, it was a little bit different. About an hour and a half after the game, Jim calls on the telephone and he’s going, ‘Dad, tell me what’s going on. I’m getting on the airplane. I have no idea what’s happening.’ I said, ‘Well, they just fumbled. The Patriots just fumbled!’ Two plays later, ‘Touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin! We have a two-score game here.’ He says, ‘Dad, do you realize where this thing is headed?’ I said, ‘I think I do.’ He said, ‘Oh, by the way, I wanted to tell you Jack,’ we all know Jack, baby Jack, the four-month old. I think we’ve talked about him over the last couple days, big-headed Jack. He said, ‘Jack, you won’t believe this, but he cut his first tooth on the field in Atlanta.’ He said, ‘We noticed after the game he opened his mouth and there was first tooth.’ Now, can you imagine, not talking about he and John going to the Super Bowl, but talking about Jack cutting his first tooth. Family, family, family.”

 

 

 

 

 

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(on if this is going to be the longest three and a half hours for both of them)

Jackie: “I think that the NFL changed that rule. I think if it ends in a tie, then it will be a tie.”

Jack: “There are no emotions during the game. Last year at Thanksgiving, it was emotionless. There wasn’t any cheering. There wasn’t any emotion. It was just watching the game. Archie Manning, before the game last year at Thanksgiving time on Tuesday, he called and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to receive the call. He just called out of the clear blue and he said, ‘My wife and I are just sitting here talking and we’re talking about how this going to be for you on Thursday. For us, it’s a little bit different. When Peyton is on offense, we root for the offense. When Eli is on offense, we root for the offense. He said, I can’t imagine how it’s going to be for you and Jackie when the head coaches are in charge of the game on both sides.’ He said, ‘I’m going to give you a piece of advice.’ He said, ‘Listen to me, a piece of advice.’ I’m thinking this is really going to be something profound, right? The advice was this, ‘This will be over on Friday. I promise you it will be over on Friday,’ and sure enough it was great advice and that’s exactly how it happened.”

 

(on if the anticipation of the game to be over is most difficult)

Jack: “I think so. I never really thought about it, but I think so. You wait for the end. You’re waiting for the end.”

Jackie: “Really, I guess, we can’t tell how we’re going to feel because we’re not in that situation yet. It’s like a football game. You really can’t predict who is going to win because in a football game, the situations change and they go back and forth. It’s not perfect. Even the video game of football isn’t perfect.”

Jack: “The one thing that both John and Jim have told us, this is over the past week. We haven’t talked anything about football. We haven’t talked strategy, but both of them have shared this with us. ‘Mom and Dad, please promise us that you will enjoy this. Enjoy this experience. That’s all we’re asking. Please, please enjoy this experience.’ We’re trying. I promise you we’ll try.”

Jackie: “I was going to say, they’re telling their teams the same things. Enjoy this moment. Really, truly enjoy it. They’re going to prepare but they’re going to take it all in, as they should.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(on Jack’s relationship with Muhammad Ali)

Jack: “That’s a fantastic thing. I go back to the ‘70s, and my dad was a big fight fan, and in those days we had a fight on Monday night, we had a fight on Wednesday night, we had a fight on Friday night, the Gillette fights and the Pabst Blue Ribbon fights. (St.) Nicholas Arena, I think it was, in New York and my dad and I would sit at nine o’clock at night and watch fights, so boxing was something that we kind of grew up with. Muhammad Ali was such a hero for me, and a lot of things in the ‘70s I really didn’t understand, and then it kind of all came together. Muhammad Ali used boxing as a platform for love, especially with children, and especially with downtrodden people who were at a little bit of a disadvantage and he became my hero.  It started about 10 to 12 years ago with our teams talking about Muhammad Ali and Ernie Terrell and that fight. I had a chance to express it with John’s team and Jim’s team and Tom Crean’s team, anybody who had a team I was there to talk about Muhammad Ali. This year for the Bengal came, Muhammad Ali is coming to Baltimore. John had put this whole thing together that I would once again tell the Baltimore Ravens this Muhammad Ali story, but they were going to drive Muhammad Ali out (to the team), and as I was telling the story he would be there for the story. And you can just imagine the thrill of being in his presence, and the story of how we grew up with Muhammad Ali in boxing. Then, about two weeks later I go to San Francisco, and practice is over and Jim says, ‘Dad, let’s take a ride. Let’s go home and have some dinner with the family and then I will come back to work and you can stay with the family.’ And I said, ‘OK, great.’ So we are in a truck, we’re driving down, I recognize where we’re going, we’re going every which way, and all at once we make a turn and I say, ‘Jim, where are we going?’ and he says, ‘Well, it’s a little shortcut.’ So we went a little bit and all at once we come up to this house and we pull on into the driveway and he says, ‘There’s somebody here we have to stop and see.’ So we go to the front door, and we knock on the door, and they say come on in. And we walk and we follow into the study, and there sits Willie Mays. Willie Mays – my baseball hero, (and) the greatest baseball player to ever play, in my judgment. We sat there and watched the third game of the Giants and the Reds in the presence of Willie Mays. I’m a great Cleveland Indians fan. 1954 – Number 53, Vic Wertz, (with) Larry Doby on second base, he hits a shot to deep center field in Polo Grounds. Back goes Mays. He catches the ball over his shoulder. He spins around and fires the ball back to the infield, holding Larry Doby to third base. And I said to Willie, ‘Willie, I had that figured out. From the time the ball hit the bat, you knew you were going to catch that ball, and what you were thinking about was how you could get that ball back to the infield so Larry Doby couldn’t score from second.’ I think it was 2-2. And Willie looked at me and said, ‘Exactly. I had it from the time the ball hit the bat.’ I hope I’m not giving any secrets away.”

 

(on their sons following Jack into coaching)

Jack: “I go back to what I mentioned earlier. When they went out for Pop Warner football in the fifth grade, the thrill of a parent, that your youngster chose to play football, they asked to be a part of a football team, brought great, great joy to me as a father. All of those different experiences up to this are just boring. It’s so thrilling to know that your children, John and Jim and Joanie, as a coach’s wife, have chosen to do what you have done for 43 years of your life. This experience is so great, (it’s a) big, big, big stage, but it’s just another fantastic part of this great journey that Jackie and I and our family have been on.”

 

(on if they will see their sons this week and their plans after the game)

Jackie: “Well we are not sure about that, but we have visited with both briefly. That’s as much on John as Jim, as they are busy practicing now, but we have seen Jim’s children here and some of the other families are coming in on Thursday. That’s what we’re looking forward to. After today, we’re going to spend our time with our families who are coming in and all of our grandchildren. There are no dinners set or anything like that. We have no idea what we are doing (after the game). Like in life, when you plan everything out, which I learned after 10 years of marriage, if you try to plan everything out, it does not turn out that way.”

Jack: “One story I want to mention is Jay Harbaugh, how many know who Jay Harbaugh is? Anybody know Jay Harbaugh? Jay Harbaugh is Jim’s oldest son and he’s on the coaching staff for the Ravens. He’s doing the grunt work there (as the) assistant strength coach. It’s kind of an interesting story. He does video and works in the weight room and he just graduated from Oregon State. There, he was a student-coach on their staff at Oregon State with Mike Reilly, and now he’s with John over there. You’ve got father and son competing on Sunday night as well.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013

 

MORE QUOTES FROM JACK AND JACKIE HARBAUGH PRESS CONFERENCE

 

(on what they will wear to the game on Sunday):

Jackie: “Well we are neutral in this situation. And actually, my daughter and a friend of hers helped me. I mostly wear Life Is Good (brand) shirts around and they said, ‘Mom, you can’t wear Life Is Good shirts around there.’”

Jack: “We will not have anything purple or anything red.”

 

(on Bo Schembechler’s influence on these two teams)

Jack: “I’m really glad you asked that question. There was a great article about Woody (Hayes) and Bo that I had a chance to read, and I want you to know it literally brought tears to my eyes having experience the ‘70s. I was there for six of the 10 years of the ’10 Year War’ with Woody and Bo, and the great joy that I get is that John, when he did his first press conference with the Baltimore Ravens, the question was asked, ‘Tell us the first thing you’re going to do as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens.’ He said ‘The number one thing will be the team. The number two thing will be the team. And the number three thing will be the team.’ Then in San Francisco, in their meeting room, you look into that room and you see Joe Montana might have sat right there, Jerry Rice was over here. The great players in this meeting room in their facility, and one the back wall, about three feet high is, ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ And then at Indiana, with the Hoosiers, you go into their practice facility and (you see) ‘The Team, The Team, The Team.’ Every single time that I see that expression, there is one man that I think about, and that’s Bo Schembechler. Every single day I was at the University of Michigan, his program was about the team. What is best for the team? What is going to help our team? We do it. If it’s not going to help our team, we don’t do it, and it’s not a difficult decision. The Team, The Team, The Team – that all came from Bo and Woody. To answer your question, I see Bo’s fingerprints all over the Raven football team and all over the San Francisco 49er team, and there could not be anyone that you could better emulate.”

Jackie: “I might add to that, it carries over to family, too. Everybody in their family is a part of that family and so I think, unknowingly, we took that philosophy into our family and our daily lives; that we are all a part of one family and we’re doing what’s best to lift everyone up in our family.”

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Kaepernick says Jim Harbaugh vital in preparing him for Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICK

(on how it will feel to be back out at practice today) “It will be good to get back out there. That’s where we need to be in order to get ready for Sunday.”

 

(on how much head coach Jim Harbaugh has helped him since he is a former quarterback) “He’s been a great coach. He’s done a lot for me – making sure that this team is going, this offense is going, and making sure all of the quarterbacks are ready.”

 

(on what he has done to better himself since getting into the NFL) “I think there is a lot of experience under my belt now. [I’ve had] a lot more time in the offense and on the game field. I think that’s the biggest difference between now and then.”

 

(on the development of WR Michael Crabtree and Kaepernick’s relationship with him) “Crab is a great player. He does a lot of things well and he’s a very physical receiver. He wants to get in the end zone every time he touches the ball. As a quarterback, that’s something you love.”

 

(on whether the coaches and receivers have talked to him about when to throw his ‘fast ball’) “In practice, they do. Come game time though, nobody says anything. Any way that we can get the ball in their hands, they’re going to be happy.”

 

(on distributing his allotment tickets) “I have all of my 15 tickets and I gave them all to my parents to distribute to the rest of the family. That’s not my business.”

 

(on how the 49ers offensive line makes his job easier) “They have been doing a phenomenal job blocking people. In pass protection, I’ve barely been touched. In the run game, they’re opening up huge holes for our running backs. They open up the edges for me when I’ve been running. As an offensive line, they’ve been playing lights out.”

 

(on the transition from not playing to becoming the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl team) “It was tough watching this team do well and not being able to contribute. For me, what kept me going was the fact that I might get an opportunity to get out there. When I did, I need to take advantage of it. I think that is the biggest thing.”

 

(on whether his relationship with QB Alex Smith has gone as well as it could) “I think it has gone about as well as it could. Alex has been phenomenal and he’s done nothing but things to help this team. He’s done nothing but help me. I mean he’s been great through it. To me, I’ve just been keeping my head down and trying to keep working.”

 

(on how crazy the week has been for him) “It’s a little bit weird for me. It’s not necessarily crazy, but it’s something different.”

 

(on his experience being recruited to go to college out of Pittman High School) “My recruitment was very minimal. I had one scholarship offer and that came one week before National Signing Day. To me, it’s something where you just have to hope for an opportunity and do anything you can to get one coach to like you.”

 

(on the challenge of losing WR Mario Manningham and LB Kyle Williams to injury) “It has been tough. I think (RB) Kendall Hunter has been another play that we’ve lost and he was a big contributor to our offense. I think all three of them played major roles and were tough losses. This offense and this team has to adapt to it.”

 

(on what pushed him to pursue a football career over baseball) “I was a better baseball player in high school and a lot more heavily recruited. To me, football is what I love and it’s what I wanted to do.”

 

(on how important it is to have an additional week to get ready for an opponent) “It gives us another week to really scheme up their defense – get extra looks at what they’re doing. We’re really trying to detail them out. Any extra time you can get looking at something, the more comfortable you’re going to be with it, and hopefully, the more prepared you are.”

 

(on working at the Manning Passing Academy and his connection with TE Vernon Davis last week) “I was at the Manning Passing Academy. It was a great experience. I got to meet Peyton and Eli, and get some tips and pointers from them. In terms of Vernon coming alive last week, he’s a matchup nightmare. When he’s against a linebacker or safety, we expect him to win every time. He is really gifted out there.”

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