Jim Harbaugh has faced his brother, John, in the Super Bowl. They also played a four-on-four basketball game with their children last summer.
The Michigan coach’s level of competitiveness was around the same for each, according to John.
In an interview with Peter King of Sports Illustrated, John told the tale of Jim leading a comeback at a family lake house. Here is John’s side of the story:
“We just started shooting around, and next thing you know it was a 4-on-4 game. It was Jack, who is two-and-a-half, Addy, who is six, Katie, who is four-and-a-half or five at the time, Allison who is 13 or 14 and she is a little basketball player, and Jim and me and Sarah, my wife. We’re playing, and you can picture the kind of game it is, right? Allison happens to hit a couple jumpers and we’re playing to seven, and we’re up maybe 5-1. Next thing you know, Jim starts going over the top of Allison for rebounds, he’s boxing her out 10 feet away from the basket. Next thing you know, it’s 5-5 and Jim has made all the shots for his team of course. I’m like, you know, maybe Addy would like to touch the ball? Maybe Katie or Jack could dribble a little bit now and then? It goes 6-6 and a long rebound comes out the side, he goes and gets it. I see Allison happens to be over there, so I see him going to the basket, he’s going to take Allison to the hole, you know, he’s about 6’3″, 235, so I’m going to go cut him off. I get him with my right arm bar across his chest and I’m trying to body check him into the pricker bushes behind the driveway, and he just powers his way to the basket, lays one over the top, a reverse layup off the board, and all he could talk about is how he won.”
Vintage Jim Harbaugh. According to John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach, Jim turned to him after the game and asked “Hey John, have you won anything yet?”
John will always have Super Bowl XLVII. Jim will always have the pick-up game at the lake house.