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Jim Harbaugh avoids talking to his oldest son, a Ravens intern


The Harbaugh brothers are getting most of the attention this week in New Orleans, and the Harbaugh parents even had their own press conference, but a member of the next generation of Harbaughs has managed to keep a low profile.

Jay Harbaugh, the oldest son of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, is at the Super Bowl working as a coaching intern for the Ravens, where his boss is his uncle, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh says he’s proud of his son but also trying to stay away from him this week because he understands that Jay’s job is to do everything he can to help the Ravens beat the 49ers.

“I’m really thankful and proud at the same time that Jay is doing what he loves to do,” Jim said of his son. “John being there and hiring him, I hear he’s doing a phenomenal job. This week I haven’t been talking to him or calling him or anything — sent him a few texts just to tell him how I feel but I don’t want people thinking I’m talking to him about the game. I’ve heard he’s done a great job and that means the world.”

John Harbaugh said his nephew is doing good work for the Ravens.

“I’m appreciative that Jim allowed Jay to come out,” John said. “Maybe that will be our edge, maybe it’ll be Jay. He’s really good. He’s a hard-working guy and he’s excited about the game and competing.”

As a coaching intern, Jay works with the Ravens’ video staff and the strength staff. And on Sunday, he’s rooting for the Ravens to beat his dad.

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44 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh avoids talking to his oldest son, a Ravens intern”
  1. schmitty2 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    You mean Jim’s kid would rather work for his uncle? Shocking!

  2. skoobyfl says: Feb 1, 2013 10:16 AM

    Is this a family business or what ??

  3. mullman76 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    Gotta love it.

  4. jwcarlson says: Feb 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    Thank God it isn’t the Ryan family at the Super Bowl.

  5. ravenator says: Feb 1, 2013 10:18 AM

    Must be weird

  6. phillipalpha says: Feb 1, 2013 10:19 AM

    One impressive family, wish them all the best.

  7. giantsfan2104 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:19 AM

    Talk about awkward.

  8. edgarcaetano says: Feb 1, 2013 10:20 AM

    this Harbowl is too familiar a Super Bowl, for my taste. Much prefer it when these coaches hate each others’ guts…..can’t be the only one…

  9. ravanator says: Feb 1, 2013 10:21 AM

    The guy wants his own dad to lose the biggest game of the year, sounds like he would fit in perfect with the pathetic Ravens organization.

  10. 15starr says: Feb 1, 2013 10:23 AM

    The family story is beyond old. It was old championship sunday.

  11. joebloww says: Feb 1, 2013 10:24 AM

    I thought there were only the two brothers working in the NFL. You mean to tell me there’s more of those things?

  12. dc49er says: Feb 1, 2013 10:25 AM

    Yaaaa right. I guarantee you Jay is rooting for the Niners. The kid would never root against his Dad.

  13. letemplay says: Feb 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    Wow tough crowd. I know it’s the “hipster” thing to do to pretend that two brothers coaching against each other in the super bowl isn’t a story, but I enjoy it.

    Pretty amazing football minded family.

  14. apmn says: Feb 1, 2013 10:28 AM

    Football is as bad as politics when it comes to nepotism.

  15. supremekingz says: Feb 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    Maybe Jay Harbaugh will head coach one day

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 1, 2013 10:40 AM

    Ravens 34 49ers 20 IMHO

    49ers don’t have the coaches to win this particular game.

    Falcons vs Ravens would have been a more interesting Superbowl. Mike Smith would have had no sympathy for the enemy. This one has the potential to be a joke.

    49ers creed under Harbaugh is “Give nothing, take everything”. These clowns just gave up their advantage of having the hosting team’s facilities. Championship games are games of inches it’s foolish To give up any advantage.

    Now I gotta see Pastor Ray and his disciples championship Ravens’ evangelism the whole off season. No bueno. If only Matt Ryan would have threw the ball to Tony G instead of Roddy White we would have had a real Super Bowl.

  17. commonsensedude says: Feb 1, 2013 10:44 AM

    He’s going to have a rough Thanksgiving.

  18. granadafan says: Feb 1, 2013 10:49 AM

    The Harbaughs are loudmouths, but are still much more enjoyable and likeable than the even louder Ryan brothers.

  19. bullcharger says: Feb 1, 2013 10:50 AM

    jwcarlson says:Feb 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    Thank God it isn’t the Ryan family at the Super Bowl.


    That would be horrible! I’ll enjoy this game much more now thinking about that.

  20. 513guy says: Feb 1, 2013 10:55 AM

    edgarcaetano says:
    Feb 1, 2013 10:20 AM
    this Harbowl is too familiar a Super Bowl, for my taste. Much prefer it when these coaches hate each others’ guts…..can’t be the only one…

    I agree. I appreciate the story of two brothers squaring off against one another in the Super Bowl, but I more appreciate the narrative of two coaches who just plain don’t care for each other competing for a world championship.

  21. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    commonsensedude says:
    Feb 1, 2013 10:44 AM
    He’s going to have a rough Thanksgiving.


    I was just thinking that holidays will never be the same when they get the entire family together.

  22. klownboy says: Feb 1, 2013 11:04 AM

    Wow, that’s not too awkward isn’t it? A son pulling for his uncle to beat his dad.

  23. Gordon says: Feb 1, 2013 11:05 AM

    Did Jim just bring the one outfit for the entire week? He’s been wearing the same clothes all week.

  24. justwinsomeday says: Feb 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    Some posters just make me smh and wonder if our education system will ever get fixed…..

    There’s only two coaches left, both named Harbaugh – so they must be doing something right. As a parent, I can’t even imagine what emotions their folks are going through. It’s a first time ever event people, deal with it.

    Maybe instead of constantly complaining about everything Raven, Steeler fans should try to hire the next generation of Harbaughs.

    I don’t root for either team but I’m tired of seeing everytime an article that references the Ravens is posted, some idiot from Pitt feels compelled to show their ignorance and blind loyalty. The next time you have a thought, do us all a favor and just have another IC Light and step away from the keyboard.

    Enjoy Sunday folks, hopefully it’ll be a good game.

  25. buffalosaint says: Feb 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    My kid and my brother coaching against me. I’d never hear the end of it if I lost.

  26. reemer894 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    I wonder which son the parents are cheering for? Sure they say they will cheer for them both, but we all know they will be cheering secretly for one to beat the other.

  27. pioniere says: Feb 1, 2013 11:28 AM

    I wonder if the name of every member of the Harbaugh family starts with a ‘J’. One of those cutesie things some families try to do. I’m hoping for a good game, but I am really sick of hearing about all branches of the Harbaugh family.

  28. Max says: Feb 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    Nepotism at its finest.

  29. tmhofficial says: Feb 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    Imagine Jim’s face when his son gets a Superbowl Ring as a coach before he does.

  30. philliesblow says: Feb 1, 2013 11:39 AM

    If the groundhog sees it’s shadow tomorrow, do we get 6 more weeks of Harbaugh?

  31. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 1, 2013 11:41 AM

    Wait, Jim Haraugh’s son works on the Ravens’ VIDEO staff and this is just being mentioned? We all know Jim is the sneaky sort.

  32. jaggedmark says: Feb 1, 2013 12:02 PM

    The Jets should hire Jay Harbaugh as head coach

  33. andyreidisthegoat says: Feb 1, 2013 12:25 PM

    The Harbaughs are like gremlins. add water and they multiply. they are everywhere. If you feed them after midnight they turn into the ryan’s.

  34. bloomingtonindy says: Feb 1, 2013 12:42 PM

    Regardless of what team wins the game, in the end, the entire Harbaugh family wins.

  35. armchairqb says: Feb 1, 2013 12:52 PM

    Can’t wait til Monday when all the Harbaugh stories go away.

  36. bearsblow says: Feb 1, 2013 12:55 PM

    This guys a clown.

  37. reasonablemindsays says: Feb 1, 2013 1:16 PM

    Wouldnt be surprised if Belicheat hires Jay so he can beat the Ravens next yeae

  38. dabears2485 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:25 PM

    I wish I had a dad and uncle coaching in the NFL. I’d take any job they could get me.

  39. thetooloftools says: Feb 1, 2013 1:40 PM

    Forget “The Super Bowl” …. this is now “The Harbrawl”.

  40. dublindemonszfl says: Feb 1, 2013 2:05 PM

    No different than playing basketball in the driveway, across he wants to beat his dad, every kid does. It’s called “braggin rights” and unless they play each other in the Superbowl again, this could be lifetime rights.

  41. mybrunoblog says: Feb 1, 2013 2:42 PM

    Flash forward 20 years from now …Thanksgiving….Harbaugh residence……..
    Just prior to a huge turkey leg being thrown from across the table…
    “Hey dad, remember when Uncle John and I beat you and your team in that Super Bowl?”

  42. buttfumblesports says: Feb 1, 2013 3:42 PM

    More like “Hey son remember when I beat you and Uncle John and your team in that Super Bowl?”

  43. getyourownname says: Feb 1, 2013 3:51 PM

    It’s official, we have now reached Stupor Bowl status.

  44. butkusditka says: Feb 1, 2013 11:02 PM

    Too funny!!!

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