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President Obama Mentions 49ers, Staley Makes Top 100, Harbaugh Helps a Friend

Posted May 22, 2014

President Obama received a cheer for mentioning 'rival 49ers,' Joe Staley is voted 75th best NFL player, Jim Harbaugh helps an ex-teammate and more.

Another weekday morning, another Niners Daily. Here are some of the most interesting nuggets from around the web:

1. Obama Mentions 49ers

The Seattle Seahawks visited the White House on Wednesday and President Obama received a raucous reaction from the crowd when he mentioned the “rival 49ers.”

Though this may irk even the most liberal 49ers Faithful, Matt Maoicco of CSN Bay Area pointed out that fans are likely to forgive the President because of another observation he made when considering the Seahawks CenturyLink Field. "You all have that stadium that's kind of cheating because it's so loud.”

- No matter which team the President is rooting for in the rivalry, it is clear the First Lady is pulling for the Red & Gold.

2. 74 is No. 75

Joe Staley comes in at No. 75 on the NFL’s annual top 100 players list. Many fans know the offensive tackle's eccentric off-the-field persona from his Joe Show series on 49ers.com, but his aggressive play on the field has put him on this list.

Indianapolis Colts Defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois, a 49ers draft pick in 2009, commented on Staley’s personality and playing style. “He’s a happy, jolly guy off the field,” Jean-Francois said. “On the field, we’re dealing with a new player. We’re dealing with 74.”

3. Throwback Thursday

Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore and wide receiver Bruce Ellington have been reunited as teammates in San Francisco. After Ellington was drafted, the pair’s college coach, Steve Spurrier, heaped praise on the two players and the 49ers organization. “We’re really thrilled [Ellington] went to San Francisco and we’re really thrilled Marcus is out there because that’s one of the really strong franchises in the NFL,” Spurrier said. “Nobody will be in better condition than Bruce and Marcus. Those guys love working out. They’re going to be ready to go.”

- Ellington relived the connection via his Instagram account on Thursday.

4. Harbaugh Helps a Friend

Another pair of former teammates who were reunited in the Bay Area are Jim Harbaugh and Brad Muster. Harbaugh played alongside running back Muster for five seasons with the Chicago Bears. Muster, a Northern California native, now serves as the Santa Rosa Junior College assistant head coach.  On June 14, Harbaugh will speak at a SJRC football's fund-raising dinner at the request of his ex-teammate and longtime friend. “He’s a great individual and a giving and caring guy. “ Muster said of Harbaugh. “I called him up, he said yes and that was all there was to it.”

- We found the perfect picture to compliment this story; Harbaugh throwing a pass to Muster in 1989… at Candlestick Park.

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