Jim Harbaugh is a man who isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers, whether on Twitter or in real life.
Harbaugh revealed the last time he got in a fist fight as a guest on Wednesday’s episode of Pardon My Take, a podcast from Barstool Sports, as part of “Grit Week.” And it wasn’t a disappointing story either.
Michigan’s coach said it came when he was 39 years old (Harbaugh is 53 now) at a “Bennigan’s” type restaurant.
“That was a fistfight. A couple guys. It was like a Bennigan’s type of thing,” Harbaugh said in the interview. “Late night, somebody made a comment, I took exception. I took a couple shots. But there was like two guys, one was headed from the side. I did not win, I cannot say I won. I didn’t get crushed either. I got some blows in.”
Harbaugh has also gotten into some scuffles on the football field, including a famous one when he was with the 49ers against Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. He admitted, however, that he was the one at fault for that one.
“I went in too hard, too aggressive on the handshake. I’ve since changed that, not doing that anymore,” Harbaugh said. “Can’t blame him. I went in too hard, too aggressively on the handshake. You respect him for taking exception for that. We’ve talked and we’re good. Back to friends. There’s protocol in a postgame handshake, I’ve been there as the winner, I’ve been there the loser. Hey, nice game, then go celebrate. Premature celebration there and (I was) in the wrong.”
You can listen to the entire interview here.