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At the press conference was asked what he thought of Bo and if he was a role model. He responded by saying that the three men he respected the most and tries to emulate are Bo, Woody Hayes, and his father. Just thought it was cool to hear him bring up Woody when the question was about Bo. Goes to show how much respect a former Michigan guy and guys from that era had for Woody Hayes.
This post was edited by TCOSU96 18 months ago
Meh...Michigan Still Sucks!
We are coming for you Bama!
Very happy he is in the NFL and not at scum.
This post was edited by Whiskers 18 months ago
That was a classy response.....he is an old school guy....nice to hear this about Woody.
My thoughts exactly. I think Hoke has the program goig in the right direction, but Harbaugh is an elite Coach and he would be a much bigger problem than Brady in my eyes.
[ from NFL.com ]
Still, those 1970s fall weekends in Ann Arbor were largely responsible for forming a belief system in the brothers.
Jack Harbaugh always made sure his sons had something to do on Saturdays. Maybe it was to keep them busy; maybe it was to expose them to what was out there for them. The kids were at every Michigan home game. Before some games, the boys would be parking cars. During others, they'd be handing out hot dogs in the press box.
There were also times when they'd run the phone wires for the coaches. John remembers handling those duties for Hayes, the coach wearing short sleeves in 20-degree weather and screaming at the top of his lungs.
The trade-off here was a front-row seat to history. It was surreal then for John and Jim. Interestingly enough, even with all of the experiences and success they've accumulated since, those memories remain that way for them.
"Those two men -- Bo and Woody Hayes -- in my young mind, and in my old mind today, and every year in between, those two are larger than life," Jim Harbaugh said, wrapping up another practice day with a Super Bowl ahead. "I spent a great deal of time thinking about those men and how they approached the game, how they approached teaching, and then tried my very best to be like them."
Maybe the best example of how that manifested begins with the first Michigan-Ohio State game that Jack Harbaugh and his sons were a part of, in 1973. Both teams entered unbeaten. The game ended in a 10-10 tie. Ohio State came in with a quarterback who had a broken thumb and threw just one pass. Michigan rolled up a grand total of 90 yards through the air.
By today's standards, the game was as modern as a telegram. But it was played in a way that the young Harbaughs learned as the right one.
"To me, those days, that's the No. 1 foundation for us," John Harbaugh said. "Not the style necessarily, because that changes. But if Bo or Woody were around today, I bet they'd play like the Niners or the Ravens. They'd be creative and all that. But just the foundation, that's the same. Putting the team first, playing field position, good defense and special teams, no turnovers. That's the football part we took, it's what we observed, and it's stuck in there."
Indeed, John can still remember the athletic directors of the Big Ten voting Ohio State -- and not Michigan -- to the Rose Bowl after the 10-10 tie, and the reason why: Wolverines quarterback Dennis Franklin had broken his collarbone, thus making the Buckeyes seem like better representatives for the conference in Pasadena. The Ravens coach also remembers a picture of Franklin throwing the ball appearing on the front page of the New Year's Day edition of the Detroit Free Press -- which validated, in the kids' minds, the notion that their dad's team had been wronged.
As John Harbaugh said, some things stick with you.
Great story. Thanks for sharing. It's amazing how many guys Hayes influenced. Bill Parcells was another guy that said he was a big influence in coaching.
Ditto.....thought it was a slap in their face when he wouldn't even interview for the job....ha ha ha...
I still never understood scUM'S huge beef about us getting the vote for the Rose Bowl. We blew a 10-0 lead and they TIED us on their home field. Why not give OSU the nod ? I know we went the year before, but still.
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