Harbaugh's son gets head start on competition

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Harbaugh's son gets head start on competition
January 28, 2013, 3:45 pm
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"If President Obama feels that way, then there will be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh for when he gets old enough." -- Jim Harbaugh (USA TODAY IMAGES)

NEW ORLEANS -- Jim Harbaugh, known as a fierce competitor, saw the bright side of comments President Obama made recently about the risks of playing football.

In a recent interview with The New Republic, the president said, "If I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football."

When asked to comment on the president's statement, Harbaugh took an unexpected and humorous turn.

"Well, I have a 4-month-old, soon-to-be-5-month-old son, Jack Harbaugh," the 49ers coach said Monday. "If President Obama feels that way, then there will be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh for when he gets old enough. That's the first thing that jumps in my mind if other parents are thinking that way.

"It's still early. Jack, like I said, is only five months old. But he's a really big kid. He's got an enormous head. . . As soon as he grows into that head, he's going to be something. It's early, but expectations are high for young Jack."