10 fun facts about the Harbaugh brothers
As "Harbowl'' or "Superbaugh'' chatter takes the forefront for Super Bowl XLVII, here is a look at 10 fun facts about head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.
The Harbaugh brothers got their early coaching experience from their father, Jack. John Harbaugh got his coaching start under his father at Western Michigan from 1984-1986 and later coached alongside him at the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. Jim Harbaugh also started his coaching career with his father. He began at Western Kentucky from 1994-2001 while his dad was the head coach. Jim and Jack later coached together at San Diego College in 2004, and when Jim was the head coach at Stanford, Jack came on as an interim running backs coach in 2009.
But they’re not the only big-time coaches in the family. Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean is John and Jim Harbaugh’s brother-in-law.
The Harbaugh brothers will be the first siblings to coach against one another in the Super Bowl.
Jim Harbaugh, left, and John Harbaugh, right, were born exactly 15 months apart. John, the elder brother, was born on Sept. 23, 1962, and Jim was born Dec. 23, 1963.
Jim Harbaugh was an All-American quarterback at Michigan, but John Harbaugh was a mostly nonstarter as a defensive back at Miami (Ohio). Jim Harbaugh played in the NFL for 14 years, but John never played professionally.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis picked up his first career sack as a rookie in 1996 against Jim Harbaugh, who was the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts..
Jim Harbaugh played for his Super Bowl opponent Ravens for one season in 1998. He threw for 1,839 yards and 12 touchdowns with 11 interceptions that year.
Both brothers made huge adjustments during the season to get where they are. John fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and replaced him with then-quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell in December. Jim stuck with young gun Colin Kaepernick as his starting quarterback even after Alex Smith returned from an injury.
In their short tenure as NFL head coaches, the Harbaugh brothers have been quite successful. John has won the AFC North three times in five seasons with the Ravens, and Jim has won the NFC West in each of his two seasons with the 49ers.
Jim Harbaugh made a cameo appearance on an episode of “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” called “Little Hero” in 1996. Check out a clip of Harbaugh on "Saved by the Bell" here.