Colin Kaepernick provides ringing endorsement for former head coach Jim Harbaugh after nationwide championship

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By Calvin S. Nelson

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Jim Harbaugh has spoken to no less than one NFL staff every of the final two offseasons however opted to stay on the College of Michigan.

After lastly successful a nationwide championship with the maize and blue and loads of NFL openings, Harbaugh might return to the professionals this time round. 

It is all hypothesis at this level, however one in every of Harbaugh’s former NFL gamers says groups needs to be lining up for the Wolverines’ head coach.

Colin Kaepernick interacts with Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh throughout a throwing exhibition at halftime of the Michigan spring sport at Michigan Stadium April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (Jaime Crawford/Getty Pictures)

Colin Kaepernick, who performed for Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers, says Harbaugh ought to completely return to the professionals.

“Harbaugh is the one coach you name once you wish to compete for a championship. Interval,” he instructed USA At present.

Harbaugh took Kaepernick to a Tremendous Bowl in 2013 with the Niners, the place Harbaugh misplaced to his brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens.

It was reported in November that each the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears had their eyes on Harbaugh for his or her potential openings. The Bears in the end caught with Matt Eberflus, however the Panthers are nonetheless searching for their subsequent coach. 

Harbaugh met with Panthers proprietor David Tepper final offseason. He additionally met with the Minnesota Vikings however stated that will be a “one-time factor.”

Kaepernick and Harbaugh shake hands

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers shakes palms with Colin Kaepernick (7) throughout warmups previous to a sport in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals at College of Phoenix Stadium Sept. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.  (Norm Corridor/Getty Pictures)

The 60-year-old stated final 12 months that will be the final time he sought an NFL head teaching gig. However nearly instantly upon successful the nationwide championship earlier this week, he was requested what’s subsequent.

“I simply wish to take pleasure in this. I hope you give me that. Can a man have that?” Harbaugh stated after the sport. “Does it at all times should be, ‘What’s subsequent, what’s the longer term?’”


Harbaugh left the NFL for Michigan in 2015. The Niners have been Harbaugh’s first, and nonetheless solely, NFL head teaching gig.

Harbaugh and Kaepernick before Niners game

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Colin Kaepernick (7) earlier than a sport in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium Dec. 28, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Pictures)

In three full seasons with Harbaugh as his head coach (48 video games, 39 begins), Kaepernick went 25-14 as a starter, throwing for 8,415 yards, 50 touchdowns and 21 interceptions on 60.1% passing. He additionally rushed for 1,578 yards on 259 carries, 10 of which have been scores.

Kaepernick has not performed within the NFL since 2016, shortly after he started kneeling through the nationwide anthem as a protest in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality.

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