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Michigan Football: An Open Letter from Bo Schembechler to Jim Harbaugh (Humor)

49er head coach Jim Harbaugh confers with QB Colin Kaepernick
49er head coach Jim Harbaugh confers with QB Colin KaepernickMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Joel GreerCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2013

Note: Everyone knows by now that a pair of brothers will be the head coaches at Super Bowl XLVII. Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers will be facing his brother John of the Baltimore Ravens.

Everyone might not know that when the two brothers were kids, they continuously terrorized legendary Michigan Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler. Before Jack and Jim became college players themselves, they were both ball boys for the Wolverines, while their dad Jack was a Michigan assistant coach.

John went on to play college football at Miami (Ohio), while Jim became an outstanding quarterback for Schembechler at Michigan (1983-86).

Recently, Bleacher Report intercepted this letter from the late Schembechler to his former quarterback, Jim Harbaugh.

Dear Jim,

First of all, probably half of Ann Arbor should still be upset with you.

You could be Michigan’s football coach, but no, you had to jump for the big bucks in San Francisco.

Now you’re about to show me up, too. They’re still knocking me for losing all those Rose Bowls, and you’re about to get one of those fancy rings.

The thing that really irks me was how well you threw the football. Here I was, trying to convince 100,000 people that Michigan doesn’t throw the ball, and you’re on the sideline flipping it 65 yards in the air.

OK, you proved me wrong there. What were you? A 62 percent passer? Shoot, you lost your only Rose Bowl and they still almost gave you the Heisman.

Come to think of it, remember how we dragged out your recruiting process? Your dad was an assistant at Stanford and we met at one of the all-star games.

Hate to admit it, but we made you grovel just a little.

Seriously, we’re really proud. Hanging in there for all those years with the Bears and Colts was really brave.

And now, you’ve got John, again.  Just to remind you, he knows how to get under your skin. Don't you think he had your number back in the day?

OK, what was the score a few years back on Thanksgiving?  Baltimore? 16-6?

Gosh, if John does it again…

Finally, we really should give you props for switching quarterbacks.  Going with that Kaepernick kid showed some real guts.

Say hello to Jonathan Goodwin and give ‘em hell.

Bo

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