Michigan's Jim Harbaugh coached Colin Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY 

Coach Jim Harbaugh: Team that signs Colin Kaepernick 'will be very happy'

As quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to try to make his way back into the NFL, he has received an endorsement from his former coach, Jim Harbaugh. 

The Michigan coach made it clear that he felt his former quarterback deserved another shot in the league and Harbaugh believes that whoever does sign Kaepernick won't end up regretting it.

"My personal opinion and really advice to NFL teams is, there's only one way to answer these questions, one way to find out, and that's Colin signs somewhere," Harbaugh told ESPN. "My advice is he'd be worth your time and that NFL team will be very happy."

Kaepernick, 32, had his best seasons as a pro under Harbaugh, who made the decision to bench Alex Smith in 2012 in favor of Kaepernick, who was virtually unknown. It proved to be a brilliant choice, with Kaepernick leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl in his first season as a starter.

Unfortunately, Kaepernick's career fell apart shortly after Harbaugh left for Michigan in 2014, and by 2016 Kaepernick was out of the league. Kaepernick believes the reason he has not played in the NFL since then is because he kneeled during the national anthem to protest social injustice. And it's a sentiment that has not been disputed by Harbaugh, who spoke highly of his former quarterback's character and abilities on the gridiron.

"Colin Kaepernick is a friend," Harbaugh said. "He's a brother. He's a great teammate. I love Colin. I think he's an unbelievably talented football player."

Blake Harper is a writer based in New York. He's originally from San Diego and is one of the few Chargers fans left. He doesn't believe in ties and loves elaborate celebrations. Follow him on Twitter @beezyharps 



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While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the San Francisco 49ers over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. 

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1946-1951
Frankie Albert
1952-1959
Y.A. Tittle
1960-1962
John Brodie
1963
Lamar McHan
1964-1971
John Brodie
1972
Steve Spurrier
1973
John Brodie
1974
Tom Owen
1975
Norm Snead
1976-1977
Jim Plunkett
1978-1980
Steve DeBerg
1981-1990
Joe Montana
1991-1998
Steve Young
1999-2003
Jeff Garcia
2004
Tim Rattay
2005-2006
Alex Smith
2007
Trent Dilfer
2008
Shaun Hill
2009-2011
Alex Smith
2012-2014
Colin Kaepernick
2015
Blaine Gabbert
2016
Colin Kaepernick
2017
Jimmy Garoppolo
2018
Nick Mullens
2019
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