As we Ravens fans wait for the statue of Ray Lewis to be unveiled at M&T Bank Stadium, another member of our Super Bowl XLVII champions will be getting a statue of his own.
Head coach John Harbaugh will be inducted into Miami University’s “Cradle of Coaches” association. The honor comes with a life-size bronze statue outside of Yager Stadium at the University. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, Harbs’ statue will join those of Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Earl “Red” Blaik, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel and John Pont.
The statues honor Miami graduates who have been named a coach of the year at the college or professional level, won a national college or NFL title, or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.”
When the Ravens won the Super Bowl, Harbaugh joined Ewbank and Brown as Miami alumni who have taken their teams to NFL titles. Ewbank won NFL titles with the Baltimore Colts and a Super Bowl title with the New York Jets. Paul Brown won NFL titles with the Cleveland Browns before the Super Bowl era.
That’s pretty cool. I had no idea that Ewbank shared an alma mater with Harbaugh – two former Miami coaches have now led Baltimore teams to championships.
Hey John, do you think fellow alum Ben Roethlisberger should get a statue too?