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San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh Wears Cleats, Cleats the Competition


Jim Harbaugh has found a new way to push his beloved San Francisco 49ers on to victory. Like the many Bud Light commercials currently making the rounds, “It’s only weird if it doesn’t work.”

In London against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Harbaugh decided to wear cleats, partially as a joke after running on the field in an attempt to break up an altercation the previous week against the Tennessee Titans. After two weeks of his standard Jim Harbaugh Collection shoes, the 49ers’ head coach figured he had nothing to lose by switching back to his cleats. After three straight wins — and a 4-0 record overall, including a vital 19-17 victory Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks in his old gridiron kicks — the cleats just may be here to stay.

Said Harbaugh of his new-found habit: “We’ve won every time I’ve worn the cleats. There was a time I was superstitious about not being superstitious. Now I’m suddenly superstitious a little bit.”

49er fans may remember Mike Nolan for his trademark suit and sunglasses look. Unfortunately, the team he placed on the field did not look nearly as classy. Harbaugh’s casual, versatile outfit meshes perfectly with his personality, and the team he brings out of the tunnel consistently looks pretty good, even with a down game here or there. It’s awesome that a coach in this day and age, with all the media criticism constantly swirling, is not afraid to be himself and let his personality show in the locker room, on the camera, in the press room, and on the field. Jed York was able to accomplish more than his parents ever did just by landing Jim Harbaugh. 49er fans, we are blessed.

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