Harbaugh the fan favorite

SANTA CLARA –

You’ll love this.

The quarterbacks were doing their standard drills to start practice today, and Harbaugh was watching them closely. Standard.

They were doing this drill right in front of the end zone bleachers, which were filled with fans. The fans watched quietly as Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Jeremiah Masoli, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson practiced play-action passes.

All of a sudden Harbaugh wanted take a snap and show the quarterbacks the proper technique. He does this every day.

When the fans by the end zone realized what Harbaugh was about to do, they went wild. They cheered him as he set up under center, and they gave him a standing ovation as he threw a perfect strike to Braylon Edwards standing 10 yards away.

Harbaugh is the most popular quarterback on the Niners by a mile. He might just be the biggest fan favorite in the organization already.

He seems comfortable in that role, too. On Saturday he was 15 minutes later than usual to his post-practice press conference because fans young and old were begging him to sign autographs.

 

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