He might be coaching against his brother on Thursday night, but John Harbaugh wants the Baltimore Ravens to know that they are his family.
That was the message Harbaugh imparted to his team in their Monday morning meeting, according to the team's website.
"Off the field, theyâre brothers. But come Thursday night, Jim and John arenât family. John and the Ravens are family and Jim and his Niners are family and itâs two families going to battle," said Baltimore linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who had a brother in the NFL too, former fullback Obafemi. Their teams played each other twice, splitting the games.
Judging from his players' reaction, the Ravens are buying into the whole "We are family" thing.
"We really want to win it bad for him," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
"Harbaugh is a great guy," linebacker Jameel McClain added. "He goes to bat for us all the time, so itâs only right that we got to bat for him. Thatâs just what we are, thatâs what we do as a team. We all go to bat for each other."