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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh gets advice from John Madden

Mercury News

SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh's preparations for Super Bowl XLVII took an unexpected turn Friday morning when he called into a sports-talk radio show. Not just any show, however.

Harbaugh took notes while listening to sage advice from Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden, who hosts a daily segment on KCBS 740-AM.

Madden coached the Raiders to their first Super Bowl championship, a 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in January 1977. Harbaugh will try matching that feat Feb. 3 when his 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

"What advice can you give me as first-time coach going to the Super Bowl?" Harbaugh asked.

"You're a heck of a lot better coach than I ever was," Madden answered.

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