SANTA CLARA -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh enthusiastically accepted the challenge and had a bucket of ice water dumped on him before Friday's practice to help raise funds in the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"I'm not taking Pete Carroll's challenge though," Harbaugh said beforehand, alluding to the Seattle Seahawks coach's recent challenge to his three NFC West counterparts.

Arizona's Bruce Arians and St. Louis' Jeff Fisher already had answered Carroll's challenge, leaving Harbaugh to do the same.

"I've got another challenge with him," Harbaugh said. "I think you know what one that is: the Big One."

Carroll's Seahawks upended the 49ers in last season's NFC Championship before winning the Super Bowl.

Harbaugh accepted the ice-bucket challenge of his brother, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, and in return, the 49ers coach dared the team's beat writers to join him in the prepractice dousing at Levi's Stadium.

Standing on the field with about 10 reporters, Harbaugh made the "V" sign with his fingers in support of victory over ALS, as players dumped ice water over his and reporters' heads. Harbaugh had requested more ice in the buckets before the dousing.

Harbaugh also issued an ice-bucket challenge to President Barack Obama, and when told he's already been challenged (and refused, opting to donate to an ALS charity), Harbaugh challenged Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush.


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"As usual, I'm late to the Internet party on that," Harbaugh said of the challenges that have helped raise $4 million for the ALS Association since July 29.

For more on the 49ers, see Cam Inman's Hot Read blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers.

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