Harbaugh Parents Aren’t Playing Favorites

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jack and Jackie Harbaugh know where they’ll be after the Super Bowl.

“There’s going to be one winner and one (son) that’s going to be totally disappointed,” Jack Harbaugh said. “Our thoughts go to that one that will not experience the thrill of victory.”

With Baltimore Ravens coach John facing little brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers, the thrill of the NFL title game also puts Jack and Jackie in an awkward spot, knowing one son will celebrate the highlight of his career while the other will be absolutely gutted.

They got a “dry run” last season, when John’s Ravens beat Jim’s 49ers. On Thanksgiving Day.

“We opened the door to the Ravens locker room … guys jumping up and down, the smile on John’s face.
They were just ecstatic,” Jack Harbaugh said. “Then you realize that you’re not needed here. So you walked across the hall to the 49ers locker room … and finally saw Jim, all by himself in this room, just a table and a chair. He was still in his coaching outfit. His head was down in his hands and you looked into his eyes and you realized that this was where you’re needed as a parent. Every single parent can identify with that.

“That thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. On Sunday night, we’re going to experience both of those great emotions,” Jack Harbaugh said.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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