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Jim Harbaugh Calls Colin Kaepernick’s New Contract 'Life-changing'

Posted Jun 6, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers coach made those comments on a day where the franchise invited United States Army Captain Mike Viti to speak with the team’s rookie class.

Colin Kaepernick said his new contract allows him to focus on football for the San Francisco 49ers.

Jim Harbaugh agrees.

“I think it was a great, life-changing moment for Colin, for our team,” the coach said on a day where the franchise invited United States Army Captain Mike Viti to speak with the 49ers rookie class.

“I’m equally as excited about it," Harbaugh added. "Colin is a great football player and a great teammate.

"And also, going through a season now, (he's) not having to think about contracts or questions about longevity and maybe pressure on him to put up certain statistics or numbers."

Harbaugh said his quarterback is primed for the 2014 season.

"He’s in a position where he knows and our team knows," Harbaugh said of the long-term implications of Kaepernick's new six-year extension that'll keep him with the 49ers through 2020. "Colin can grow as a player. I’m most excited about that."

Harbaugh made it a point to say he's happy for any contract signing involving a member of the 49ers.

"There's the rookie free agent contract," Harbaugh began, "the veteran free agent contract, there's the drafted contract, when somebody signs their second contract as Colin did, then it's always an exciting day for the organization and the young man."

The 49ers coach made these comments shortly after Viti's teamwork discussion with the rookie class.

It also happened to be on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Viti served in Afghanistan in 2010 and ’11 as a Platoon Leader. He earned a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badger for his service. He’s now honoring his fallen teammates as part of “Mike’s Hiking For Heroes” campagin.

Viti is hiking more than 7,100 kilometers around the United States to honor service members killed in action during the Global War on Terror. Viti’s connection to the team was through his roommate at West Point Academy, who happened to wed the daughter of 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell.


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