The Harbaugh brothers are ready to make Super Bowl history in the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, which will be an unforgettable NFL experience for John, Jim and their parents.
“I guess it’s pretty neat,” John Harbaugh said. “Is it really going to be written about? It’s not exactly like Churchill and Roosevelt or anything. It’s pretty cool. That’s as far as it goes.”
A year after the Ravens and 49ers fell short in their respective conference title games, both came from behind Sunday to win on the road. The Ravens won at New England, the 49ers at Atlanta.
“I talked to my mom and dad last night, that was a great conversation,” Harbaugh said. “And just thanks to my mom and dad, and [sister] Joani over in Indiana. We just couldn’t be more thankful. We could not have been brought up in a better situation. We couldn’t have had more fun, and they’re having fun right now. I can’t wait to see them down in New Orleans. It’s going to be a great time.”
John, 50, who is 15 months older than Jim, praised his brother’s coaching ability and noted his intense competitiveness.
“I think that’s what made him a great player,” he said. “It’s what made him a good student in college. It’s what makes him the man that he is.
“He’s also really talented. He was the guy that in hockey would take the puck right down the middle of the rink and everybody would bounce off him, and he would score goals. He got every rebound and scored every point. The gym teacher said in fourth grade that he was too competitive, he needed to ease off a little bit,” Harbaugh added.
At 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Jim Harbaugh was already dodging Brother Bowl questions the way Colin Kaepernick jukes would-be tacklers.
Jim called the situation a blessing and a curse. To him, it’s a blessing because he’s proud of his brother and has a fondness for the Ravens organization, having briefly played quarterback for them near the end of his career. But there’s a flip side.
“The curse part would be that the talk of the two brothers playing in the Super Bowl and what that takes away from the players that are in the game,” he said. “And every moment that you’re talking about myself or John, that’s less time that the players are going to be talked about.”
There was talk that Peyton and Eli Manning would be the two brothers in a Super Bowl, but no one expected the Harbaughs.
Super Bowl XLVII is scheduled to kick off on February 3, 2013.