San Francisco 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh Named NFL Coach of the Year

This NFL season saw quite a few turnarounds from previous years, but one of the most outstanding was definitely the San Francisco 49ers and their drive to the brink of the Super Bowl.

So, it comes as no real surprise that 9er’s coach Jim Harbaugh was honored as NFL Coach of the Year in Indianapolis last night.

Alex Smith, the team’s quarterback, accepted the award on his coach’s behalf at the new gala event “NFL Honors” that is to be held the night before every Super Bowl from now on.

“He probably would say he doesn’t deserve this,” Smith said. “That’s the type of guy he is. He would give all the credit to the players, to the assistant coaches.

“As someone who has had one of two coaches in his career, I would just like to tell you that this is well deserved,” Smith added.

Harbaugh is the 49ers coach to be honored by the Associated Press, following his late mentor Bill Walsh. Other 9ers were in the running for last night’s awards as well. Aldon Smith came in behind Denver’s Von Miller as Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Alex Smith just missed Comeback Player. Defensive Player of the Year votes went to Matthew Stafford, Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

The 49er’s 13-3 regular season was the best in over a decade. Harbaugh’s first-year win came from 45 votes from the 50 nationwide media members who traditionally cover the NFL.

The rookie coach was complimented back in November, when Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott said his “might be the greatest coaching that I’ve ever seen in the history of the game of professional football.”

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