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- Jim Harbaugh is likely one of the best and intense folks in a sport stuffed with aggressive and intense folks.
- Harbaugh as soon as made it a mission to get well a dirty cup and succeeded.
Jim Harbaugh is called one of the most competitive, intense, and odd men in all of football.
Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free-Press had one of the most hilarious, odd stories that exemplifies Harbaugh’s intensity and dedication.
Heading into Harbaugh’s first season at Michigan, Albom informed a story about seeing Harbaugh at a play in Michigan. Albom stated he was creating a new “charity enterprise” and gave Harbaugh a paper cup for it earlier than the play.
When he noticed Harbaugh after the play, Albom requested if he nonetheless had the cup. Harbaugh, nervously, admitted he used it for chewing tobacco throughout the play. As Albom was about to inform him to overlook about it, that it was no huge deal, Harbaugh set off on a mission to get well the cup. Albom wrote:
Earlier than I might end the phrases “by no means thoughts,” he was operating throughout the theater. He raced to a trash can.
“Jim” I yelled, “actually, no huge -“
Too late. He was rifling by means of the trash. He discovered the cup, got here marching again inspecting it – after which apparently determined it was too dirty to return. He turned and ran to an usher.
“Excuse me,” he stated, “the place’s the closest rest room?”
“Jim!” I hollered. “I don’t want it that -“
He ignored me. Ignored all the pieces. He ran downstairs, washed the cup out, got here jogging into the theater and handed it over, lastly making eye contact. I sincerely doubt he ever heard a phrase I stated. He had a mission. He went after it.
By the best way, the cup was clear.
This form of factor is typical for Harbaugh. Harbaugh once told Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report about how he was as soon as so fascinated with the work a visitors cop was doing at an intersection that he pulled over and watched her for a half-hour.
Harbaugh’s persona can put on on folks. A former NFL teammate informed Anderson:
“You may’t even have lengthy conferences with him as a result of his thoughts will begin to wander and also you’ll haven’t any freaking thought what he’s speaking about. His persona and his weirdness put on folks down over time, and after 4, 5 years, you simply don’t need to take care of the man anymore.”
Nonetheless, Harbaugh’s document speaks for itself, and he’s been profitable at each teaching cease he’s made. Whereas he could also be intense and weird, there’s little doubt that he’ll assist enhance Michigan this season.
This publish initially appeared on BI in 2015.