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Cohn: Harbaugh revealed as coach who flies coach

  • San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh during pre game warm ups before the start of the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. The 49ers won 24-23. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

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There have been rumors Jim Harbaugh has a personality. Until Monday, these rumors never were confirmed. One wondered if someone stole his personality at birth.

Sure, he is developing into quite a good head coach, but at least in his dealings with the media, he seemed like Football Robot. Or as Alex Smith said, "A switch goes off with you guys."

"You guys" is the generic name athletes and coaches use for the media. Smith meant when Harbaugh is not around "you guys," he is a regular person, a human being, someone with, get this, a sense of humor.

Harbaugh, the person, made an appearance at the Monday news conference. It all began with Carlos Rogers hanging out by his locker with a few reporters. Rogers dropped this nugget. On the flight back from Philly, Harbaugh gave up his first-class seat and sat in coach with the players. He gave Jonathan Goodwin his first-class seat.

"When do you see a coach want to give up their first-class seat and come back there and sit with the players throughout a five-hour flight?" Rogers said. "He's just a blue-collar worker. He's not about the fancy stuff. Just come out here and work hard and play football and you'll see the results."

At the news conference, we asked Harbaugh about riding in coach.

"Yeah, I don't feel comfortable up in first class," he said. "I'm a coach guy."

"A coach coach," I said.

"Coach coach, yeah."


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