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Ravens coach John Harbaugh excited that brother Jim’s Michigan team is in title game

OWINGS MILLS — The Harbaugh brothers are looking to bring home championships in 2024.

John Harbaugh has guided the Ravens to the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, and the team appears poised for a Super Bowl run.

Jim Harbaugh is the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, who are playing Washington in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 8th.

John Harbaugh plans to attend the game with his wife, Ingrid, at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Top-ranked Michigan defeated Alabama, 27-20, in overtime to reach the title game. Washington beat Texas, 37-31.

“It’s been amazing. I just couldn’t be happier,” John Harbaugh said. “It was a nailbiter, obviously, playing  Alabama and Nick Saban and the players that they have – it was really amazing when that stop was made at the end at the 5-yard line. So, I was just thrilled for the Michigan team.”

John also was thrilled for his father, Jack Harbaugh, a longtime college coach, and his mother, Jackie.

The parents are not strangers to attending big games for their sons. John and Jim coached against each other when the Ravens defeated the 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.

“I was really happy for my mom and dad,” John Harbaugh said. “That interview that they had; they were talking about switching seats. That is so classic of them. Actually, thinking [about it], it probably did make the difference. And my mom, the guy doing the announcing – you guys will appreciate this – but my dad is fun, but he’s a little bit polished, he’s been interviewed before.

“My mom – you put a microphone in front of her face, or you hang out with her for a couple of minutes, you don’t even have to ask her what she thinks, she’s going to tell you what she thinks – I think he figured that out pretty quick, so it was fun to watch.”

Jack Harbaugh likes to use the expression, “Who has it better than us?”

It’s a mantra the Ravens have adopted.

It would be quite a year for the Harbaugh family if both brothers bring home titles.

“My dad always says every time we win, he basically says, ‘That’s your best win yet.’ So, they keep coming,” John Harbaugh said.

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