Audio archive of Jack Harbaugh recalls what it was like watching the Ravens play the 49ers in 2011.
Fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens have good reason to be nervous as their teams prepare for Super Bowl Sunday. But nobody will have a more conflicted set of emotions Sunday night than former WKU football coach Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie.
The Harbaugh's sons are the two head coaches of 49ers and Ravens, meaning one child is guaranteed to win the year's biggest game, and another is guaranteed to lose.
Last fall the Harbaugh parents visited WKU when the school honored the Jack Harbaugh-led 2002 WKU football team that won the 1-AA NCAA national championship. WKU Public Radio interviewed Coach Harbaugh, and asked him about the prospects of a Super Bowl matchup between his sons' teams.
Jack Harbaugh told us what it was like the previous time the 49ers and Ravens played, on Thanksgiving night in 2011.
History will be made next Sunday when Jim and John Harbaugh lead their teams into Super Bowl XLVII. The game will mark the first time ever two brothers have coached in the same Super Bowl.
The Harbaugh boys have a strong connection to WKU. Their father, Jack, earned a reputation as a great coach and even better person when he was head coach of the WKU Hilltoppers from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA national championship in his final season.
CNNSI.com has published a wonderful set of old black-and-white photographs of the Harbaugh boys growing up, alongside Jack and mother Jackie.
Last September, Jack and Jackie Harbaugh returned to WKU to be honored at halftime of the Hilltoppers' win against Southern Miss. Jack coached WKU from 1989-2002, winning the 1-AA NCAA championship in his last season.
In an interview with WKU Public Radio the day before they were honored, both parents rolled their eyes when asked what it was like to watch their sons coach in the NFL. They said it filled them with stress and admitted they hated it when the 49'ers and Ravens play each other.
That's exactly what is going to happen now, with the Super Bowl championship going to the winner.
It's not every day you run into a national championship-winning football coach. Jack Harbaugh and his wife, Jackie, are on WKU's campus Friday ahead of Saturday night's game against Southern Miss. The two will be honored before the game in an on-the-field ceremony.