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Considered by many to be football's best talent evaluator, Mc Cloughan likes it out here.

He runs a few miles every morning, through the woods and down to the banks of the Nooksack.

He talks to them every day, and before they hang up he asks them to pray. Each of the three teams for which he has worked in his 20 years in the NFL -- the Packers, two stints with the Seahawks, and the 49ers -- has reached the Super Bowl during his tenure or shortly afterward.

Mc Cloughan had a part in drafting six players who were on the Pro Bowl roster last season, including Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis. uncanny" gift, in the words of his mentor and former boss Ron Wolf.

"Life is good," he says, making it easy to forget why he's on a farm in Ferndale, nowhere near an NFL front office.

THERE'S AN OLD JOKE in the NFL that everyone is either born-again or alcoholic. And if the former 49ers general manager and onetime senior personnel executive with the Seahawks wants another shot at a front-office job, he is going to have to prove to NFL owners that he doesn't still have a drinking problem.

In one, son Caden, 15, leans into his dad's chest as confetti falls after last season's Super Bowl; in another, twin daughters Adison and Avery, 11.

He'd even skip school to watch the draft, back when it was a weekday nonevent.

They had a special bond, but to this day Kent has never told Scot he loved him. "Old-school."The Mc Cloughans are proudly Irish, and alcohol was part of their weekends.

When Scot was 14, he tore up his left knee, ending his football career, which to this day brings him to tears.

One day in 1994, as an outfielder in the minors, he got a call from Wolf, then the GM of the Packers and a good friend of his dad's.

Wolf offered Mc Cloughan ,500 annually to be a scout for Green Bay.