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With Jim Harbaugh probably on his way back to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, we take a look back at his previous NFL season. Could he bring an old friend back?
When Harbaugh made the leap from Stanford to the San Francisco 49ers, he had high expectations and big shoes to fill. For the most part, the former NFL QB delivered his first and only chance for professional football aspirations (as a coach) as Harbaugh’s Niners had a record of 59-36-1.
Harbaugh even won the award as Coach of the Year in 2011 and earned a Super Bowl spot in Super Bowl XLVII.
These awards make him an attractive commodity for Minnesota.
Jim Harbaugh NFL coaching record
Harbaugh went 59-36-1 with the 49ers before falling apart after his sixth season.
Could Colin Kaepernick follow Jim Harbaugh?
To say that Kaepernick has been blackmailed from the NFL would be an understatement. The former 49ers quarterback has not played professionally for a long time, and despite interest at various times, he has yet to sign on to play in the league he once dominated.
Kaepernick still claims to have a desire to play. In an interview with Ebony Magazine in November, Kaepernick said he trains five to six days a week, just waiting for a realistic option.
Given that Kaep saw his biggest success with Harbaugh, could another former quarterback, like his head coach, be on his way to a reunion?
In all likelihood, the answer to that question is one perhaps at best. Kaepernick is 34, and has by this time lost some of the speed and playing ability that made him such an NFL strength to begin with. But if he was willing to accept a secondary role or maybe even coach sometime along the way, Harbaugh would be the first to call him.
If Kaepernick is still training to be NFL-ready for a small penny, he can at least get a chance at Harbaugh’s Vikings. At the end of the day, it’s all he’s ever wanted.