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Jim, John Harbaugh ready for rematch at Super Bowl

  • FILE - In a July 27, 2012 file photo, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, smiles during a news conference at the teams headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. At right, in a Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh smiles during a new conference at the teams practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. The Harbaugh's will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. (AP Photo/File)

SANTA CLARA — These days, Jack Harbaugh stays away from game-planning chatter or strategy sessions with his Super Bowl-bound coaching sons. Baltimore's John Harbaugh and little brother Jim of the San Francisco 49ers have been doing this long enough now to no longer need dad's input.

Yet, they still regularly seek it. And, their father does offer one basic mantra: "Get ahead, stay ahead."

"Probably the greatest advice that I've ever been given and the only advice that I've ever found to be true in all of coaching, I think we mentioned it to both John and Jim ... the coaching advice is, 'Get ahead, stay ahead,'" Jack Harbaugh said.

"If I'm called upon, I'll repeat that same message."

His boys still call home regularly to check in with the man who turned both on to the coaching profession years ago, and the mother who has handled everything behind the scenes for decades in a highly competitive, sports-crazed family — with all the routine sports clich? to show for it.


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