Harbaugh Fettig's parents thrilled by coach's shoutout

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Gregg Fettig always has been a Michigan football fan, and when he and wife, Lani, needed to find a name for their fourth son, they did not have to cast a wide net.

Their three older boys have names associated with sports figures — Hogan is a derivative of wrestler Hulk Hogan, and Colt and Case are the names of the McCoy brothers who played football at Texas.

As they awaited the birth last year of their fourth child, who arrived Sept.1, Lani had a general idea what she was looking for in a name.

“My wife said, ‘I would like a H name and a sports name and a name to match Hogan,’ ” Gregg, the principal at LaSalle in St. Ignace said by phone Wednesday. “I grew up a Michigan fan. I was seven, eight years old and remember watching coach (Jim) Harbaugh quarterback at Michigan.

“I said to my wife, ‘What about Harbaugh?’

“She said, ‘I like it.’ ”

Harbaugh Lee Fettig entered the world and the family sent out birth announcements, complete with baby Harbaugh posed with a Michigan football. One of Lani’s friends knew someone in the Michigan athletic department and sent it.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh shared the birth announcement Tuesday on Twitter and said: “Something about this kid, A Winner & Champ all the way! Enthusiasm! M Fan! Harbaugh Lee Fettig, keep an eye on him.”

The Fettigs were stunned by Harbaugh’s tweet.

“We didn’t expect anything,” Gregg Fettig said. “We’re just ordinary people. It’s neat he took the time out of his day to acknowledge us.”

Fettig said he works with a lot of Michigan State fans, but he and his wife kept their name choice a secret before baby Harbaugh was born.

One of their Spartan-fan friends tried to pry the name early.

“He said, ‘I heard your wife said it’s a neat name,’ and I told him, ‘You’re going to love the name.’ When the baby was born, he just started laughing. A lot of people may not call him Harbaugh, the really diehard Spartans. So I told them if they don’t want to call him Harbaugh, they can always call him Bo.”