Harbaugh brothers make Super Bowl party a family affair

Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:32am EST
 

By Larry Fine

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (Reuters) - John and Jim Harbaugh will turn a family reunion into a war of attrition in New Orleans early next month when they become the first coaching brothers to oppose each other in a Super Bowl.

Last year, the siblings came within a game each of reaching the Super Bowl but lost in their respective conference championships. On Sunday, their victories set up something of a 'Harbaugh Bowl' for the NFL title.

"I don't know if we had a dream this big," John Harbaugh told reporters after his Baltimore Ravens had spanked the New England Patriots 28-13 at Gillette Stadium.

A few hours earlier, Jim had fulfilled his side of the bargain when the San Francisco 49ers rallied for a 28-24 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

"We had a few dreams, we had a few fights. We had a few arguments, like all brothers. We will try and stay out of that business. We'll let the two teams duke it out as much as possible," John added.

Separated by just 15 months, the brothers followed in the footsteps of their father Jack, who had a 41-year career as a coach, ranging from the high-school level to the head role in college football.

The brothers, who shared a bedroom growing up until they left home for college, have remained very close, speaking weekly by telephone.

"I couldn't be more proud of Jim," the 50-year-old John said. "Watching that team play, they do reflect his personality.   Continued...

 
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh celebrates in the dressing room after his team defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts, January 20, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young