Jack and Jackie Harbaugh proud of coaching sons

November 22, 2011 - 5:15 PM
Harbaughs Proud Parents

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011 file photo, Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, parents of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, stand before an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, in San Francisco. Jack Harbaugh has watched his sons go at it for nearly five decades. That's why he sees no need to be there in person for Thursday's, Nov. 24, 2011 history-making matchup between his sons. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — From the pounding of intense knee football games on their bedroom floor to stop-watch timed races up the stairs from the basement to grab refreshments for the group, and all those competition-spurred bumps and bruises between, Jack Harbaugh has watched his sons go at it for nearly five decades.

That's why he sees no need to be there in person for Thursday's history-making matchup between brothers John and Jim Harbaugh — separated in age by all of 15 months — when the coaches face off from opposite sidelines with their division-leading teams and the world watching.

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh plan to swing by the stadium for a quick photo with John and Jim, then go to John's house to watch the game. This day belongs to their boys.