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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Jean Francois still can't watch SB XLVII

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS – The Super Bowl was more than seven months ago and Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois still can’t look at the highlights.

He’ll be looking at ESPN (“And I’m not just saying that cause you work there,” he said) to check out the scores and a clip will come on or they’ll mention last season’s Super Bowl and he’ll turn the channel.

“I even told the cable to remove all the sports channels,” Jean Francois said jokingly. “There’s guys in this locker room who have been to the Super Bowl and we’ve all told them how hard it is to get there. And it’s even tougher to swallow when you get so close to winning it.”

Jean Francois was a member of the San Francisco 49ers squad that lost to Baltimore 34-31 in last season’s Super Bowl. He’ll be heading back to the Bay Area this weekend when the Colts take on the 49ers.

“Going against them in practice and going against them in games are two different things,” Jean Francois said about facing his former team. “It’ll feel weird, but like I said, I got to put the past behind me and I got a new set of teammates that I’m cool with now.”

Jean Francois now calls Indianapolis home, but he also  fondly recalls why the 49ers have maintained their status of being one of the top defensive teams in the league.

“A lot of guys have been there for a number of years,” he said. “Great chemistry. When I was there we all went out together. We were like brothers, we worked out together. We were like a family. Once we had that chemistry off the field, on the field chemistry was the easy part. That’s what we want here.”