"We've always dreamed of coaching in a Super Bowl," said Kevin, 11, older brother of Jeff, age nine. "We always pretend coach in the backyard, going through game scenarios and calling timeouts. It's so much fun."
Jeff says he believes the brothers' dream will one day come true.
"My mom says that dreams even ones that people call lame or depressing or weird can come true if you really believe and work hard," the boy said. "She told me that right after I tried out for head coach of my 8-to-10 year-old football team."
"They were the first boys to ever try out for coach," said the boys' mother, Cheryl. "I mean, obviously, right? Because it's weird. But I asked the coach if there was any way he could use them as assistants, and he eventually agreed."
The two boys, who are believed to be the only people to ever ask for EA Sports' "NFL Head Coach" game for Christmas, now stand on the sidelines holding clipboards and markers while their peers play.
"What kind of weirdo dreams of being a coach one day?" said the team's head coach, Chuck Riley. "I wanted to be a quarterback when I was their age. And a star quarterback, too, not the kind that Jim Harbaugh was. To be honest, Kip and John or whatever those kids' names are creep the hell out of me. But I let them help out with the team because I don't want to get sued for discriminating against disabled kids. I assume they're disabled, right?"
Mmmmm. The most delicious turkeys.
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"Coach Lombardi was great in his day and will always be looked on with great respect," read the league's statement on the change. "But we must adapt with the times and recognize the true greatest coach of all-time: Jim Harbaugh, who led Stanford to a victory over the ACC champion in the Discover Orange Bowl."
In addition to the Discover Orange Bowl win, the NFL cited Harbaugh's long list of accomplishments:
- two Pioneer League championships while coaching at I-AA University of San Diego
- an 8-5 season at Stanford in 2009
- an appearance in the 2009 Brut Sun Bowl
- a 29-21 career coaching record
- being the "must-have" football coach of the 2010-2011 off-season
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said putting Harbaugh's name in place of Lombardi's is very deserved.
"Teams are talking about paying him $6 or $7 million a year! He has to be great to be commanding that kind of money," said the commissioner. "I know we won't regret making this decision, like early last year when we renamed the Lombardi Trophy the Josh McDaniels Trophy or in 2006 when we called it the Mangenius Medal."