Thursday, January 24, 2013
Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh played a long time ago, and I don't have any memories of his time at U of M. People tell me he was fairly good.
What I do remember are the disparaging remarks that he made about Michigan academics right around the time I began packing my bags for Ann Arbor. Those comments did not endear him to me.
But regardless of anyone's feelings toward Harbaugh, he is a second generation Michigan Man and a former three-year starting quarterback who had a "special relationship"* with Bo Schembechler. Harbaugh's Michigan roots run deep, and his experience as a Wolverine can arguably be called the single most important factor in his development as a coach. And everyone agrees that Harbaugh is a good coach.
After defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 27-24, in the NFC Championship Game, Harbaugh and his 49ers open as 4.5 point favorites against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
I'll be rooting for him.
Honorable mention: Center Jonathan Goodwin anchored a 49er offensive line that paved the way for 149 rushing yards while giving up only one sack. Goodwin already has one Super Bowl ring as a member of the New Orleans Saints.