Father's Day special to Harbaugh family

Father's Day special to Harbaugh family
June 15, 2013, 8:45 am
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Even when it comes to making phone calls on Father’s Day, John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh compete.

The Harbaugh brothers made history in the Super Bowl when the Ravens, coached by John, defeated the 49ers, coached by Jim. It was the first time that brothers had ever squared off against each other as head coaches in a Super Bowl.

This Sunday on Father’s Day, the Harbaugh brothers will naturally speak to their father, Jack Harbaugh. However, which Harbaugh brother will call first?

"There’s always a race, birthdays, there’s always a competition with who gets the call first,’’ John said Thursday following Ravens’ minicamp. "Believe me, my dad does keep track. I got East coast time, there should be an advantage there.’’

John has often talked about the closeness that he and his brother shared with their father growing up. Jack was a long-time college coach, and a head coach at both Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.

"I hope all the fathers out there cherish every second of it (Father’s Day),’’ Harbaugh said.  "Seems to me a little bit like a player. You better not take it for granted. We only get our kids for a short span in this life, and there’s nothing more precious or valuable than our kids. That relationship means everything to me.’’