Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports
Jim Harbaugh leaves the field after winning the NFC title with, of course, a red Sharpie around his neck.
NEW ORLEANS - It's baffled TV viewers for years, and it's even confused
players on the San Francisco 49ers.
It's the red Sharpie that dangles around Jim Harbaugh's neck and flaps all
over the place when he's in the middle of one of his sideline temper
It is not a piece of jewelry, though. That's something Harbaugh wanted to
clarify right away when asked about his "necklace" during a press conference
"I take offense at you calling it a necklace. It's a whistle," Harbaugh said
to a round of laughter in the ballroom of the team's hotel. "A coach should go
to practice with a whistle and I just clip a pen on it. It's really not
complicated at all."
Actually, it is.
Fact is, no one has ever seen him use the marker. At least not that they can
"No, I've never seen him use it. I haven't," fullback Bruce Miller said.
"He's got everything written down already."
Added offensive guard Alex Boone, "Oh man, you think it's a fake Sharpie?
I've never seen him use it, now that I think about it. You know what, I'm going
to ask him. I'll get the answer for you."
Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports