John Harbaugh Gifts His Staff With Precious Metals

Harbs Trophy

Not everyone is flawless, even Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. Mistakes are a part of life, and sometimes they become a blessing in disguise.

In 2008, as the Ravens searched for their third head coach in franchise history, the organization and fans were left dejected as Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett played the Ravens for a pay increase and promotion with the then popular “head coach in waiting” label. A day later, a 45-year old Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach was hired by the Ravens, and the same question echoed throughout Charm City.

“Who the hell is John Harbaugh?”

Fast forward five playoff appearances, three AFC Championship Game appearances and a World Championship later, Harbaugh certainly has proved to be nothing short of a blessing.

Sure, he’s left the ears of referees and players ringing after voicing his opinions as any driven head coach should and he’s made almost ever media member feel awkward after asking a question at one point or another. But Harbaugh’s cheerful attitude “attacking each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind” is displayed tenfold.

Around the training facility, it’s an unwritten rule to not ask Harbaugh about the past. Even though he just led a team to a Super Bowl title, publicly, Harbaugh has spoken more about practice and preparing for training camp than speaking about the perks of being champions (ie: White House, Ring Ceremony etc.)

Even though Harbaugh may not talk much about the past, he gave all 22 coaches on his staff a gift that will allow them to forever cherish the 2012 season.

According to the National Football Post, on June 18, the last day of work for the coaching staff before vacation, Harbaugh purchased replica Vince Lombardi trophies for each of his assistant coaches.

Each replica is believed to cost in the neighborhood of $10,000-$20,000 according to NFL, putting Harbaugh’s tab with Tiffany & Co. somewhere in the ballpark of $200,000. With an annual income of $4 million per year, Harbaugh can certainly afford to splurge for his coaching staff, but this is a present that is more about capturing the spirit of “TEAM” and carrying it forward than the price tag associated with these precious metals.

The Ravens are a first class organization and it’s clear that stretches beyond the front office.

Let’s just hope Harbs ordered one for himself.

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8 Raves on “John Harbaugh Gifts His Staff With Precious Metals

  1. Groucho on said:

    First Class coach for a First Class Team….A Team by the way that will be stronger and faster than before!

  2. Jeanne Bell on said:

    John Harbaugh is a great Head Coach and has done a wonderful job with our Baltimore Ravens. He has now shown how compassionate with everyone in comes in contact with on a daily basis and that says more about this man than words could ever say. Win or lose we have the best Head Coach than any team in the NFL. Let’s just hope that this man stays with us forever and ever. Harbaugh and Newsome are a great team and work so well together. We, as Ravens fans, are so blessed……..

  3. ravcolt on said:

    Is this in addition to the Super Bowl rings each received? Although it certainly is a giving gesture I would have hoped the money could have been spent on charity.

  4. #Elkridge Fan on said:

    Have ALWAYS loved him! This is just another reason … The Ravens Organization–from Pwner Steve Bischotti’s picking up the tab for Post Supperbowl aprties and Ring ceremonies, to the Harb;s extravagant gift, to the players on the team–is a CLASS Act, and is the ENVY of the league! A DYNASTY in the making, and a cherished team to be a part of by anyone in the NFL! Sooooooooooooooooo proud to be a lifelong fan!

  5. #Elkridge Fan on said:

    #Elkridge Fan on July 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm said:
    Have ALWAYS loved him! This is just another reason … The Ravens Organization–from Owner Steve Bischotti’s picking up the tab for Post Supperbowl parties and Ring ceremonies, to the Harb’s extravagant gift, to the players on the team–is a CLASS Act, and is the ENVY of the league! A DYNASTY in the making, and a cherished team to be a part of by anyone in the NFL! Sooooooooooooooooo proud to be a lifelong fan!
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  6. BRDiger on said:

    Looking back to my initial Reaction when they hired him, i once again should have trusted in Ozzie. Thought we should have gone with that Dallas guy Garret or even Rexy. Now that would have worked out…LOL
    On a side note, i can´t stop thinking its foolish to call a National League Trophy WORLD champion, or World series at that…

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