Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh grew up in a football family.
Surrounded by the game throughout his entire life, the name Harbaugh is synonymous with football at the University of Miami Ohio.
On Saturday John Harbaugh and his family were on hand as the University unveiled his bronze statue at the Cradle of Coaches plaza on campus.
“This Cradle is the greatest honor in coaching,” said Harbaugh, a former Miami defensive back, via the Baltimore Sun. ”You just think, man, these are the men that played and went to school at Miami University and we’re playing and walking that same path that they walked. It’s an incredible, incredible thing.”
Per the official website of the Miami University: ”Athletics the Cradle of Coaches Association was established in 1971 to acknowledge the role Miamians have played in establishing Miami University as the Cradle of Coaches. While all Miami Alumni who go on to coach or those who have coached at Miami are considered a part of the Cradle of Coaches, the Cradle of Coaches Association began inducting individuals into the Association in 1992 to further recognize their accomplishments.”
Harbaugh’s statue will be among some of the best football minds to ever have coached the game including Paul Brown and Bo Schembechler.
Since taking over the Ravens in 2008, Harbaugh has led the Ravens to a 71-38 (.651 winning percentage) career record. Under Harbaugh, the Ravens are one of only four teams (GB, Ind. and NE) to earn a playoff berth in five of the past six seasons, doing so from 2008-12.
Harbaugh, the former University of Miami (Ohio) defensive back, Along with two other coaches have compiled the most playoff victories (9) by a head coach in his first six seasons (since the 1970 merger).
“The things that prepared me best for my future in coaching were the tough times and the challenges that you faced,” said Harbaugh to the Baltimore Sun.
“Sometimes guys will say, ‘Football is not fun anymore.’ And our answer was always, “When was it ever fun?’ Football is not fun. Football is a struggle. Football is a battle, but the fun comes when you are victorious. That’s what I learned here at Miami, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Congratulations coach Harbaugh for the very deserving honor.
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