First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving San Francisco 49ers fans! Happy (early) Hanukkah as well! Once again, we here at Niner Noise wish you the best during your holiday. Whether you will spend your day watching football, watching your fantasy scores, or enjoying a meal with family and friends, we hope you will be able to take time to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
This reminds me of a story that came out early in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure in San Francisco. His family, growing up, never had a lot, but his father, Jack Harbaugh, continually found ways to make things exciting and make the children believe that no one had it better than them—to the extent that, in all actuality, is was true, after all, things are not everything. When he and his brother shared a room the conversation was not “Why do we have to share?” but rather, “Think of all the great late-night conversations you can have!”
That is a mentality of thankfulness that can be a lesson to all 49er fans, and all people in general. As much as we enjoy this game, sometimes we can get too caught up in it. That is why the way the 49ers have handled Aldon Smith is such a great reminder that players, first and foremost, are people—and should be treated and thought of that way. Yes, football is a great game and, at times, a ruthless business. Yes, many of the players, coaches, and administrators make a lot of money—though most make less than we think. So let’s take a lesson from Jim Harbaugh and be thankful not only for the game, but for the individuals who make it happen.