Jim Harbaugh to San Francisco 49ers: Following in Bill Walsh’s Footsteps

January 9, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Jim Harbaugh keeps a picture of his mentor, Bill Walsh, taped to his computer screen.  
He played high school football in Palo Alto, CA.  
His coaching performance at Stanford made him the hottest coaching candidate of the year.
When the Michigan Wolverines were pummeled in the Gator Bowl by Mississippi State, the cries from Ann Arbor for Harbaugh were loud enough to hear from the Bay Area.  
When Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, couldn't lure Bill Cowher to Miami to be his next coach, he tried to reel in the second-biggest fish out there in Jim Harbaugh.
When Andrew Luck decided to return to school for one more year, the decision to leave Stanford became that much more difficult for Jim Harbaugh.
But when your dream job becomes available, you have no choice but to take it.
Clearly, Tony Bennett is not the only one whose heart is in San Francisco.
Everyone thought that Harbaugh would jump at the chance to return to Michigan...

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