SANTA CLARA, Calif. – It’s no secret that Jim Harbaugh wishes he was still an NFL player.
The San Francisco 49ers coach, who was an NFL quarterback for 14 years, calls his players "teammates", he often warms ups before games and he even wears cleats on the sidelines.
It’s in his blood. And he so badly would like to get on the field Sunday when his team plays the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game. How badly?
"I was thinking of the things I would trade to be able to compete as a player in these games, in this game," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "It's pretty significant."
Would Harbaugh give up his home for a chance to play in this game?
"Oh, easy, yeah," he said. "I thought you were going to make it tough like a body part. Could I do without my left arm or one eye? I was kind of going to those extremes."
"Oh, easy," Harbaugh said. "That would be an easy decision, yeah. Could I play with just one eye? It was that kind of thing."
Because there isn’t a need for blind, 50-year-old quarterbacks this weekend, Harbaugh knows he will have to settle for coaching.
"Well, playing, there’s nothing better than playing," Harbaugh said. "Coaching is the second-best thing though because you are competing."
And you get to keep all of your body parts, which is nice.