VATICAN CITY — The winged helmet is in the hands of the Holy Father.
And Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh’s holiest handoff ever went off without a hitch:
— Alan Holdren (@AlanHoldren) April 26, 2017
Harbaugh early Wednesday morning presented a customized maize and blue U-M helmet to the pontiff …
— Michigan Equipment (@HailEquipment) April 21, 2017
… along with a pair of blue Jordan brand Retro 5 U-M shoes:
— Maurice Hurst Jr (@BigPappi73) April 26, 2017
The gifts were presented on a stage directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica roughly a half hour after the papal address. The Wednesday address is a weekly staple of Pope Francis’ calendar whenever he’s not traveling out of the country.
Harbaugh was one of hundreds on hand waiting to personally greet the Holy Father after the address. He was crammed into a corner with his wife Sarah, and no staff members or players joined him for the private audience with Pope Francis.
The exchange was well away from most visiting U.S. media, but a few shots from a distance were captured from the press perch as it happened:
— Sean Keeler (@SeanKeeler) April 26, 2017
Jim Harbaugh hands Pope Francis a winged helmet and a pair of Jordans. pic.twitter.com/szmbMsjuND
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) April 26, 2017
There’s more to come. Harbaugh is scheduled to address Italian, Vatican and American reporters at approximately 2 p.m. Rome time, 8 a.m. Ann Arbor time. The team is scheduled to take a tour of the Vatican Museum after that.
Check back with Land of 10 for updates on this developing story.