On the final day of mini-camp, Jim Harbaugh finally explained the elusive “49er Way.”
The head coach also dished out praise for nearly every player at the facility following the team’s final practice before training camp gets underway on July 23. Among the many players the coach mentioned were LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter and Bruce Ellington.
Harbaugh gave out black t-shirts to all 59 players who had perfect attendance during the offseason program. That figure was a record number for the team. Across the back of the t-shirts was the phrase “49er Way.”
Harbaugh originally mentioned that saying on Tuesday when explaining his disappointment with Vernon Davis and Alex Boone, who are both holding out.
“I really appreciate that the guys volunteer to make the team better.”
Harbaugh was clearly impressed with Aldon Smith’s performance during the three days of practice.
“Aldon was dominant yesterday especially.”
However, he didn’t offer a direct answer when asked if the outside linebacker would be with the team when training camp opens up.
“That’s to be determined.”
“Right now, planning, as you can see, he’s out here practicing, part of the team.”
At the end of practice, the coach had a long meeting with his team and offered some words of wisdom.
“Beware with whom you associate. It’s very important to know your surroundings. Friend or foe, there always seems to be a foe present. Be in a good football position. Be ready for anything that’s coming at you. Be able to see around corners, see under doors, anticipate. Mainly, surround yourself with good people.”
For Harbaugh the next stop is Peru. He takes off on a mission trip with his family on Saturday.
“Building houses, missionary work, friends in the prison, orphanage, families that the church sponsors down there.”