Harbaugh Bowl: It’s not just brother vs. brother in Super Bowl XLVII

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Much has been made about how Super Bowl XLVII marks the first time in NFL history that two coaching brothers will face off against one another on the ultimate stage. No doubt you’ve already heard that tonight, when the two teams take the field to play what has been dubbed the Harbaugh Bowl or the Harbowl, brothers Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh will be lining up on opposite sidelines: Jim as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and his older brother John as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.

However, what you may not have heard about is how this game will also pit father against son. Jay Harbaugh, the oldest  of Jim’s six children, is an intern for the Baltimore Ravens and for the past several weeks, his job has been to get the Ravens players ready to defeat his father’s team.

The 23-year-old Harbaugh works in the film room and the weight room for his uncle’s team. Tonight, with his father and uncle roaming the sidelines, Jay will be sitting in the press box with the rest of the Raven’s offensive coaching staff, cheering for his own team.

When asked about his son Jay, Jim told the Los Angeles Times:

I’m really thankful and proud at the same time. Jay is doing what he loves to do, and that’s a real blessing. And he’s doing it with the Baltimore Ravens, a tremendous organization (with) great coaches around him to mentor him. I hear he’s doing a phenomenal job, something I am really proud of. This week, I haven’t been talking to him or calling him. (I) sent him a couple of texts to let him know how I feel about him.

No matter what happens on the field tonight, it promises to be bittersweet for the Harbaugh family. Regardless of which Harbaugh(s) brings home a ring, however, Mr. and Mrs. Harbaugh will no doubt be the proudest fans in the stadium, cheering on their two sons as well as their grandson. That’s pretty remarkable.

 

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