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Ricky Jean Francois a popular man this week playing his former team

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 18, 2013 – 1:25 pm

Ricky Jean Francois is more popular than normal this week around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.

The new Colts defensive end played for the 49ers from (2009-2012) and his brain will be picked and prodded by many of his teammates going into Sunday’s matchup with San Francisco.

“As soon as I walked in (Monday) I said, I know I’m looking for Andrew Luck. If nobody else asks me something, I said I know it’s got to be Andrew Luck,” Jean Francois said earlier this week.

“I’m going to just help my offense the best I can, help my coaches to the knowledge of what I did, offense and defense-wise.”

Jean Francois is one of three Colts (Aubrayo Franklin and Cam Johnson) that have recent ties to the 49ers.

The Indianapolis offensive line should be asking their fair share of questions to those three as all of them played in the front seven of the vaunted 49ers defense.

For his last two seasons in San Francisco, Jean Francois played under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Colts fans watched Harbaugh from 1994-1997 and Jean Francois talks about the former Indianapolis signal caller from a coaching standpoint.

“He’s one coach I can tell you that’s into it, almost feels like he’s a player again,” Jean Francois said of Harbaugh. “You’ll see him out there this week throwing passes to the receivers and I believe he’s still got it. We used to mess with him about it, ‘Coach, just sign a one-game contract, see what you can do.’”

Perhaps more than anyone inside of the Colts locker room this week, Jean Francois knows the task at hand Sunday.

“A lot of teams say they want to be in the Super Bowl, play against a team that was in the Super Bowl,” Jean Francois said.

“That’s San Francisco. If we want to be the best, we got to beat the best.”

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