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San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh played 177 regular season games in the NFL as a QB with four different teams (Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and San Diego). In the 2012 season, Harbaugh was one of nine NFL coaches who had also been players in the league. The other eight (with their 2012 team in parenthesis): Jeff Fisher (St. Louis), Leslie Frazier (Minnesota), Jason Garrett (Dallas), Gary Kubiak (Houston), Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville), Mike Munchak (Tennessee), Ron Rivera (Carolina) and Ken Whisenhunt (Arizona). (Note: Mularkey and Whisenhunt were both fired at the end of the 2012 season.)
Of the eight new coaches hired at the end of the season, only one, Doug Marrone, hired by the Buffalo Bills, was a player in the NFL.
Getting back to Jim Harbaugh… should he continue to be successful in the coaching ranks, he could join a rare group of NFL players/coaches. As mentioned above, Harbaugh played in 177 regular season NFL games. With two seasons under his belt as the coach of the 49ers, Harbaugh has coached 32 regular season games. If he reaches 100 games as a coach, he would join only a handful of players/coaches who attained 100 games as both player and coach.
There are currently 17 men who have 100-plus games as an NFL player on their resume and 100-plus games as an NFL coach. Following is a look at those 17 men. (Game totals are regular-season games)
Note: One current coach, Gary Kubiak, is already a member of this group.
Jack Pardee: 164 games as a head coach/196 games as a player
Forrest Gregg: 161 games as a head coach/193 games as a player
Mike Ditka: 216 games as a head coach/158 games as a player
Norm Van Brocklin: 173 games as a head coach/140 games as a player
Bart Starr: 131 games as a head coach/196 games as a player
Jack Del Rio: 131 games as a head coach/160 games as a player
Herman Edwards: 128 games as a head coach/142 games as a player
Monte Clark: 119 games as a head coach/139 games as a player
Gary Kubiak: 112 games as a head coach/119 games as a player
Art Shell: 108 games as a head coach/207 games as a player
Tom Flores: 184 games as a head coach/106 games as a player
George Wilson: 160 games as a head coach/106 games as a player
George Halas: 497 games as a head coach/104 games as a player
Jimmy Conzelman: 167 games as a head coach/104 games as a player
Bruce Coslet: 124 games as a head coach/101 games as a player
Dan Reeves: 357 games as a head coach/100 games as a player
Dick Jauron: 142 games as a head coach/100 games as a player
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