Jim Harbaugh wowed NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl, as he helped the North score 38 points in a 42-38 loss to the South.
That Senior Bowl took place 30 years ago, and Harbaugh is getting a hall of fame nod for it.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl announced Thursday that Harbaugh would be a part of the Senior Bowl’s 29th Hall of Fame class. The three-man class also includes former NFL players and college stars Blaine Bishop and Lance Briggs, from Ball State and Arizona, respectively.
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While statistics for the 1987 Senior Bowl seem to be lost to time, it is clear that Harbaugh was instrumental in helping the North keep pace with the South in the highest-scoring Senior Bowl in the game’s history.
Harbaugh rode his Senior Bowl performance into the NFL, where he was a first-round draft pick by Mike Ditka’s Chicago Bears in 1987.
Harbaugh’s ensuing professional career spanned 15 seasons and garnered him a trip to the Pro Bowl and the nickname “Captain Comeback.”
“Jim Harbaugh’s love of competition was displayed on the field during his playing days at Michigan and over his 15 years in the National Football League,” Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said in a statement. “Now, he is recognized as one of the best coaches in the game, having achieved noteworthy success at both the college and professional levels.”
Although Harbaugh did have a successful playing career, when that’s compared with his ongoing coaching career there’s little doubt to which is better. Harbaugh currently has 49 collegiate wins as well as a Super Bowl appearance during his time in with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame class of 2017 will be inducted on March 30 at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Ala.