The San Francisco 49ers really put the smack down on the Green Bay Packers last weekend, and one of their motivating factors was recently revealed. Head coach Jim Harbaugh apparently posted laminated sheets on each of his player’s lockers that did not have words, strategies, or an inspirational quote – but a photo of the player in high school. The sheet also had his recruiting ranking by various scouting outlets.
“Coach really wants us to tap into what we wanted to be at that time,” safety Donte Whitner told the Los Angeles Times. “When you look at this picture, it’s like, ‘At this moment, what did I want to be?’ We all look at this and we understand what we wanted to be, and where we are now.”
There were two photos that were in black and white and, you guessed it, those two players were some of the oldest on the team. Randy Moss (35) and Leonard Davis (34) were awarded grandpa-status by the grayscale photos.
“I don’t think they had color pictures back then,” Chris Culliver said.
Harbaugh is definitely quite creative with how he motivates and it is hard to argue with the results. Colin Kaepernick rushed for more yards than any quarterback in any regular season or playoff game last week, and he is validating his coache’s decision to go with the hot hand, so to speak, as opposed to returning to veteran QB Alex Smith. The 49ers will look to continue their road to the Super Bowl this weekend, and maybe they will have another picture to look at when they get to their lockers.