47 ways the big game is connected to local athletics




Rachel Houck posted an interesting tweet the other day. The Mt. Vernon senior basketball and softball star posted:

“Jim Harbaugh asked my mom on a date back in the day but she turned him down #awkward”

Houck went on to explain that her aunt is married to former Chicago Bears tight end Cap Boso, who, naturally, was once teammates with former Bears quarterback and current head coach of the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh.

No word on why Rachel’s mom turned him down, but apparently Captain Comeback was unable to rally from the rejection, at least with the future Mrs. Houck, who has been married to Mr. Houck for many happy years now. 

Who knows, if Rachel’s mom had gone on the date and it led to something, maybe Harbaugh, a future QB for the Indianapolis Colts, at some point takes a different path in his playing or coaching career. So, there you have it, Rachel Houck’s mom changed the face of the NFL, and, given the current popularity of the league, humanity, forever.

Keeping with the Super Bowl XLVII theme, here are 46 other ways this year’s big game, featuring the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, is connected to Hancock County. And by connected, I mean by the most tenuous means necessary. (It’s not going to be easy to get all the way to 47).

Here we go. Connection number....

2: Mt. Vernon football coach Doug Armstrong was an assistant coach at Cathedral. Among his players was current New York Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka. The Giants beat the 49ers this season — 26-3 in Week 6 — and lost to the Ravens 33-14 in Week 16.

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