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Jim Harbaugh once dressed up in full pads for a 49ers practice

Harbaugh doesn't have any college eligibility left, but don't be surprised if he takes some snaps at practice this fall.

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Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another weird Jim Harbaugh story.

Titans tight end Delanie Walker was asked about Harbaugh by the Tennessean during OTAs, and his thoughts on his recent shirtless, summer escapades, Of course, that was no shock to Walker -- at all. From the piece:

In Walker's mind, Harbaugh's topless coaching stunt was tame compared to the time he dressed up in full gear and practiced with the 49ers. Turns out the team was short on quarterbacks because of injuries, and Harbaugh played the role of the No. 3 quarterback.

"He dressed up in full gear and practiced the whole practice – pads, helmets, everything on. He had the whole uniform on,'' Walker said of Harbaugh. "We came out and said, "Who is that dude out there? And it was Jim Harbaugh. He had some old high top cleats on.

"He did pretty good. He just couldn't throw the deep, deep pass."

Jim Harbaugh is your Uncle Rico, strapping on the 80s high-tops, slangin' pigskin with the young kids, shirtless, whenever possible.

Walker also stepped up to vouch for his former head coach's skills as a leader despite his omnipresent weirdness.

"I think he is going to be great (at Michigan),'' Walker said. "People buy into his philosophy. Every team he has ever been on has been good, right? So you tell me what he is going to do. Young kids love to have a coach who is crazy."

We'll put the over-under at Harbaugh showing up in full pads at the second week of fall camp.