It is a strange thought for me that someone who goes to Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School could play football for U of M literally across the street from where they played in high school. There aren’t too many people who can say they did that, but Jim Harbaugh can. Well, sort of. Jim and his brother John grew up in Ann Arbor while their dad was a defensive backs coach at Michigan. Jim finished school in Palo Alto when Poppa Harbaugh took a job at Stanford, but he came back to Ann Arbor to play football for U of M in 1983.
Harbaugh was Michigan’s starting quarterback for three years under Bo Schembechler and played well enough in his senior season to be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy (he would finish 3rd). For over a decade his career completion percentage would stand as an NCAA record. After an almost 15 year NFL career he tried his hand at coaching and made the jump to the NFL in 2010 after several years at Stanford (he now seems to be an annual feature in the Michigan coaching rumor mill). Sources inside the 49ers say Harbaugh is still known to pick up a loaf of his favorite spelt-wheat sourdough and heave it downfield.