College football coach Jim Harbaugh has had quite a year so far. On January 3, his Michigan Wolverines defeated Alabama in overtime in the Rose Bowl 27-20. Then on Monday, his team soundly defeated the Washington Huskies to win the 2024 College Football Playoff National Championship. The Wolverines completed the season 15-0.
While this past football season was not without controversy for Harbaugh, no one can deny that he is an accomplished coach and team-builder. After his team’s amazing run, there are now rumors that Jim Harbaugh will return to the NFL. (He previously coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014.)
In his father’s footsteps
Harbaugh has been vocal about the importance of his Catholic faith in his life. His family also had a major impact on him, and in particular his relationship with his father, Jack Harbaugh. The senior Harbaugh had a long career as a football coach in the high school and college ranks, from 1961 – 2009.
Jack Harbaugh and his wife Jackie raised three children. Remarkably, both the Harbaugh sons, Jim and John, followed in their father’s footsteps to become football coaches. Jim and John Harbaugh would go on to become the first brothers to coach in the NFL. They made history when their teams, the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, faced off in Super Bowl XLVII.
Their father’s influence can be most famously seen in the Michigan team call-and-response: “Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY!” It’s a phrase that Jack Harbaugh would say to his sons, as recounted in a moving video produced by ESPN’s Marty Smith, which he shared on his X account: