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.