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49ers comfort ex-SDSU coach's son during illness

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The son of a former South Dakota State University football coach has good reason to cheer for the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The NFL team supported him during a life-threatening illness.


Twenty-four-year-old Derek Daly, son of former SDSU coach Mike Daly, required emergency surgery to replace an aortic valve after a bacterial infection attacked his brain, eyes, and heart. Derek is expected to make a full recovery.

San Francisco General Manager Trent Baalke, a former SDSU and North Dakota State assistant coach, organized get-well videos from 49ers players, autographs, spots at team meals -- and seats to Sunday's Super Bowl game against Baltimore.

Mike Daly tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the relationship has resulted in a "really big positive" from a "tremendously negative situation."