Jim Harbaugh said he had “never been more proud” of his brother, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, than when he was inducted into Miami University of Ohio’s “Cradle of Coaches” with a life-size bronze statue over the weekend. Fine, but isn’t it more fun to imagine Jim — himself head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the team that lost the very Super Bowl that earned John “the greatest honor in coaching” — slipping some kid a $20 bill to deface it, then calling up his alma mater to sell them on a statue of himself? What’s the fun of brothers who each coach an NFL team if there’s no earnest rivalry?
Anyway, the statue, which Jim Harbaugh couldn’t be more happy about, shows the Ravens head coach with a triumphant fist in the air, a pose the artist picked because she found the Ravens head coach assuming it in photo after photo and because “it’s a nice, strong position.”
For his part, John Harbaugh said he was “stunned a little bit” by everyone who came out to the induction ceremony. As for the statue, “When I look at it, I just think of all the people that helped along the way,” he said.