91 Facts About Jim Harbaugh


James Joseph Harbaugh is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current and 20th head football coach of the Michigan Wolverines.


Jim Harbaugh played college football at Michigan from 1983 to 1986.


Jim Harbaugh played in the National Football League for 14 seasons from 1987 to 2000 with his longest tenure as a player with the Chicago Bears.


Jim Harbaugh served as the head coach of the San Diego Toreros, the Stanford Cardinal, and the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.


In 2015, Jim Harbaugh returned to his alma mater, the University of Michigan.


Jim Harbaugh's father, Jack Harbaugh, was a football coach, and the family lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan, and California.


Jim Harbaugh attended high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Palo Alto, California, when his father was an assistant coach at Michigan and Stanford, respectively.


Jim Harbaugh played 14 years as a quarterback in the NFL, with Chicago from 1987 to 1993, the Indianapolis Colts from 1994 to 1997, the Baltimore Ravens in 1998, and the San Diego Chargers in 1999 to 2000.


Jim Harbaugh first became a regular starting quarterback in 1990 with Chicago.


From 1994 to 2001, while still playing in the NFL, Jim Harbaugh was an unpaid assistant coach at Western Kentucky University, where his father Jack was head coach.


Jim Harbaugh returned to the college ranks in 2004 as the head coach at the University of San Diego.


Immediately afterward, Jim Harbaugh signed a five-year deal as head coach of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, where he led the team to the NFC Championship game in each of his first three seasons after the franchise missed the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons beforehand.


Jim Harbaugh's mother is of half-Sicilian and half-Polish ancestry and his father is of Irish and German ancestry.


Jim Harbaugh played for the junior league Ann Arbor Packers and then for Tappan Junior High before moving on to Pioneer High School.


Jim Harbaugh received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication from the University of Michigan in 1986.


In February 1982, Jim Harbaugh committed to play football for Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football team.


Jim Harbaugh performed well in the annual spring game in April 1983, completing 10 of 15 passes for 116 yards.


Smith started 11 games, and Hall started one game, while Jim Harbaugh completed two of five passes for 40 yards in limited action.


Jim Harbaugh completed 11 of 21 passes for 162 yards and two interceptions.


Jim Harbaugh threw a career-high 37 passes in the game, completing 17 passes for 183 yards, three interceptions, and his first collegiate touchdown pass to Vince Bean.


Jim Harbaugh completed 25 of 39 passes for 272 yards in those games.


Jim Harbaugh had to be carried from the field on a stretcher and missed the remainder of the season.


Jim Harbaugh completed 60 of 111 passes for 718 yards, three touchdowns and five interceptions during his shortened 1984 season.


Jim Harbaugh led the nation with a 163.7 passing efficiency rating in 1985.


Jim Harbaugh completed 15 of 23 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown.


Jim Harbaugh caused controversy when he guaranteed a victory over Ohio State in 1986.


Jim Harbaugh's 2,729 passing yards set a Michigan season record that stood until 2002.


Jim Harbaugh finished second in the country in passing efficiency behind Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde.


Jim Harbaugh finished his college career as Michigan's all-time record holder for passing yards with 5,449 yards.


Jim Harbaugh held the career NCAA Division I-A passing efficiency record for 12 years.


Jim Harbaugh played 10 games in 1988 and completed 47 of 97 passes for 514 yards and two interceptions.


Jim Harbaugh completed 18 of 26 passes for 174 yards and rushed 36 yards in seven carries.


In 1990, Jim Harbaugh played and started in the first 14 games of the season.


Jim Harbaugh was sacked 31 times for 206 yards and rushed 321 yards in 51 carries.


Jim Harbaugh passed for a career-high 3,121 yards with Chicago in 1991 and became the first Chicago quarterback since Vince Evans to start all 16 regular season games.


Jim Harbaugh completed 275 of 478 passes for 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, was sacked 24 times for a loss of 163 yards, and rushed 338 yards on 70 carries.


Jim Harbaugh completed 202 of 358 passes for 2,486 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, was sacked 31 times for 167 yards, and rushed 272 yards over 47 carries, including one rushing touchdown.


Jim Harbaugh played in and started 15 games and completed 200 of 325 passes for 2,002 yards, seven touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.


Jim Harbaugh was sacked 43 times for 210 yards and rushed 277 yards over 60 carries.


Jim Harbaugh played and started in just nine games in the 1994 Colts season, completing 125 of 202 passes for 1,440 yards, nine touchdowns, and six interceptions.


Jim Harbaugh took 17 sacks for 72 yards and rushed 223 yards over 39 carries.


In 1995, Jim Harbaugh achieved career highs in completion percentage, passer rating, and touchdown passes and led Indianapolis to the AFC Championship Game.


Jim Harbaugh completed 200 of 314 passes for 2,575 yards and just 5 interceptions with his 17 touchdowns and was sacked 36 times for 219 yards.


In 52 carries, Jim Harbaugh rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns.


Jim Harbaugh strained his right knee after being sacked six times and left the Week 14 game against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter.


Jim Harbaugh was sacked 41 times for a career-high 256 yards lost.


Jim Harbaugh completed 164 of 293 passes for 1,839 yards, just his third season with fewer than 2,000 passing yards since 1989.


Jim Harbaugh had 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in passing, was sacked 23 times for 145 yards, and rushed 172 yards on 40 carries.


Jim Harbaugh then sat out two games and played as Zeier's backup for Weeks 7 and 8.


Those two games had poor performances: Jim Harbaugh completed none of six passes and had one 3-yard rush in the Week 6 loss to Pittsburgh.


On 3rd-and-15 in the next series Jim Harbaugh was sacked and Baltimore was forced to punt, so the penalty didn't hurt the Oilers.


Jim Harbaugh completed 15 of 28 passes for 214 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception and rushed 22 yards over five carries.


Jim Harbaugh was sacked 37 times for a total loss of 208 yards and rushed for 126 yards over 34 carries.


Jim Harbaugh started the Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs completing 6 of 9 passes for 38 yards and an interception before leaving due to a bruised right elbow; he missed the Week 5 and Week 6 games because of that injury and two broken ribs.


Robert Griffith intercepted a Jim Harbaugh pass at the Vikings' 1-yard line with 4:29 left, and Minnesota ran out the clock to seal the win.


Jim Harbaugh finished the game with 20 of 40 passes completed for 178 yards.


On 8-for-14 passing, Jim Harbaugh passed for 67 yards and an interception.


Two of Jim Harbaugh's interceptions led to short Denver touchdowns, and Jim Harbaugh threw his third interception on fourth-and-goal at Denver's 5-yard line.


In that game, Jim Harbaugh completed 25 of 35 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception and was sacked three times for 27 yards.


Jim Harbaugh signed with the Detroit Lions prior to the 2001 season, where he was expected to back up incumbent starter Charlie Batch.


Jim Harbaugh closed out his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers in 2001, where he dressed for six games but didn't play.


Jim Harbaugh completed 2,305 of 3,918 passes for 26,288 yards with 129 touchdowns.


Jim Harbaugh is second in the Bears' record book for completions with 1,023, while Jay Cutler holds the record with 1,034.


Jim Harbaugh was involved in recruiting 17 players on WKU's 2002 Division I-AA national champion team.


Jim Harbaugh's father was a football coach for 18 years, including 14 years as head coach at WKU.


Jim Harbaugh was quarterback coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2002 and 2003 under Bill Callahan.


Jim Harbaugh was named the head football coach at Stanford University in December 2006, replacing Walt Harris.


In January 2009, Jim Harbaugh was confirmed to have been interviewed by the New York Jets for the head coach position, although the job was eventually offered to Rex Ryan.


Jim Harbaugh never lost in USC's home stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


On December 13,2009, Jim Harbaugh was rewarded with a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season.


Jim Harbaugh was named the winner of the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year Award.


On January 7,2011, four days after winning the Orange Bowl, Jim Harbaugh agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract to become the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers.


Jim Harbaugh succeeded Jim Tomsula, who was interim head coach for only the last game of the preceding season after succeeding the fired Mike Singletary.


John and Jim Harbaugh are the first pair of brothers to serve as NFL head coaches in the same season.


Jim Harbaugh was impressed with Kaepernick, and said "we have two quarterbacks that have a hot hand" while dismissing any rule that a player should not lose their starting job due to an injury.


In doing so, Jim Harbaugh became the first NFL head coach to reach a conference championship game in each of his first three seasons.


Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers as one of their most successful head coaches in just four years, as well as becoming the first successful NFL head coach to depart for a college team.


On December 30,2014, Jim Harbaugh was introduced by the University of Michigan as the school's new head football coach.


Jim Harbaugh became the first Michigan coach to lose his first four starts against the Buckeyes.


In January 2022, reports emerged that Jim Harbaugh would take the Las Vegas Raiders head coaching job if he was offered it.


Reports emerged that Jim Harbaugh was preparing to accept the Vikings head coaching position if he was offered it, but he ultimately did not receive an offer following his second interview with the team, and informed the University of Michigan that he would be returning to coach the Wolverines in the 2022 season.


Jim Harbaugh was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 2022 season.


Jim Harbaugh comes from a coaching family, and is the son of college football coach Jack Jim Harbaugh.


Jim Harbaugh is a Roman Catholic who has done charity work in Piura, Peru.


Jim Harbaugh made an appearance on the popular TV show Saved by the Bell in 1996, playing the cousin of the character Screech.


Jim Harbaugh was the co-owner of Panther Racing in the IndyCar Series.


On October 30,2005, Jim Harbaugh was arrested for DUI after running a stop sign in Encinitas, California.


Jim Harbaugh initially pleaded not guilty, but later entered into a plea deal.


Jim Harbaugh pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to three years of probation, a $1,300 fine and a drunken-driving educational program.


In 2018, Jim Harbaugh portrayed himself on the Comedy Central series Detroiters in the episode "Little Caesars".


Jim Harbaugh has championed equal access to justice for Americans through his involvement with the Legal Services Corporation.