John Harbaugh to get statue at Miami (OH) in April

John Harbaugh to get statue at Miami (OH) in April
February 26, 2014, 9:45 pm
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You can etch this one in stone, or, more accurately in bronze: John Harbaugh will be immortalized at Miami of Ohio.

The Ravens coach will be captured in a full-body, bronze statue that will be unveiled on Saturday, April 19, at the university's Cradle of Coaches Plaza at Yager Stadium.

Harbaugh, a 1984 graduate of Miami, is part of a remarkable coaching pedigree that has passed through the Oxford, Ohio, school. Weeb Ewbank, Paul Brown, Ara Paraseghian, Bo Schembechler and Earl "Red" Blaik also all are Miami graduates who went on to distinguished coaching careers in football.

Statues in the school's Cradle of Coaches Plaza honor Miami graduates who have earned recognition as national collegiate or professional coaches of the year, who have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, or whose teams won national collegiate or professional/Super Bowl championships.

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Harbaugh will be the ninth coach immortalized in the Cradle of Coaches Plaza. Of that group, Harbaugh and Ewbank, a 1928 Miami grad and coach of the New York Jets, are the only 'Cradle' coaches to win the Super Bowl. Ewbank also won two pre-Super Bowl NFL titles with the Baltimore Colts.

Harbaugh's statue will depict him on the sideline of the Super Bowl against the 49ers, according to the university.

When the university first announced plans last year for Harbaugh to be immortalized with a statue in the Cradle of Coaches plaza, Harbaugh said, “Miami is a very special place and as anyone who played or coached at Miami knows that the Cradle of Coaches is a great honor. To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.”