If you haven’t heard by now, the 2013 Super Bowl will feature brothers as coaches. The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens features brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh. One of the more interesting matchup is Jim Harbaugh vs. Raven’s linebacker Ray Lewis.
Jim Harbaugh won’t actually take the field in Super Bowl 2013, but he knows all too well what Lewis can do to opposing quarterbacks. Back in 1996, Lewis registered his first NFL sack against Harbaugh, who was with the Indianapolis Colts at the time. On October 13th, Lewis sacked Harbaugh in a 21-26 Week 7 loss. The sack was the first of many over a 17-season career.
Harbaugh probably doesn’t remember that particular sack by Lewis because he was sacked four times that game. In the 1996 season, Harbaugh was sacked over 30 times. That season, harbaugh led the Colts to a 9-7 record with 13 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and 2630 passing yards.
Since that first sack, Lewis has dominated the league and is considered one of the best linebackers in the history of the league. Lewis became the first player to have 40 sacks and 30 sacks in a career. In 288 games, Lewis has 1573 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 31 interceptions.
Harbaugh might have some insight on Lewis after being his former teammate. In 1998, Harbaugh was the quarterback for the Ravens. Jim spent only one season with the Ravens, in a career that also included playing time with the Colts and San Diego Chargers.
Harbaugh has had a much more successful coaching record than the one he had as a quarterback. In the NFL, Harbaugh was 66-74. As a head coach in the league, Harbaugh is 24-7-1 and holds a record of 3-1 in the NFL Playoffs.
Both Harbaugh and Lewis were first round picks in the NFL Draft. Both players also had long careers in the NFL. The big difference is Lewis has a Super Bowl ring already. Will Harbaugh get his first ring or will Lewis end his NFL career with one last ring, before his highly anticipated “retirement party”?