Well, it’s not exactly “Win one for the Gipper,” but a flu-ridden Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti did text coach John Harbaugh during last week’s playoff win, offering encouragement at a time when his team was still behind.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Bisciotti didn’t make it to Denver because of the sickness, and with his team trailing in the fourth quarter, he wanted to pass a message along to his coach just in case.
After they came back to win the game in double overtime, Harbaugh read the message to his team in the locker room.
“I’ve never texted you during a game,” Harbaugh read from his phone. “We are down, 35-28. And I think it’s the best game I’ve ever seen us in the playoffs since 2000. Win or lose, I am so proud of the team and proud of you.”
Afterward, Harbaugh noted how much the support meant.
“I’m not going to say on his deathbed, but he was really sick,” Harbaugh said. “He couldn’t get up and move around at all. . . . It was just something I thought the team needed to hear coming from him. He’s a great leader. Our players love him.
“They love when he’s around. He’s an inspiration to all our guys. This organization, he sets the tone here. It’s a great organization because of his vision. The guys needed to hear that in that moment. I think they appreciated hearing it.”
One can only imagine who’s going to take the next technological leap, or whether Jerry Jones is already texting plays down to Jason Garrett.