Harbaugh on catch with Brady: 'He can rip it'

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said playing catch with Tom Brady ranks up there with playing catch with his dad.

Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, a former college quarterback for the Wolverines and an NFL veteran, was giddy after the game not just because his team improved to 3-0, but because he got to play catch with Tom Brady, a former Michigan quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion.

Brady is serving a four-game NFL suspension and was the Wolverines’ honorary captain for Saturday’s game at Michigan Stadium. Michigan defeated Colorado, 45-28.

“I look back at my career of playing catch with different people, (and) that was right there with my dad, playing catch with my dad,” Harbaugh said. “Tom’s got a good arm, by the way. He can rip it. He can throw it well. I wish I wouldn’t have given him the wind.”

Harbaugh, who wears cleats for every game and throws with his team during pregame warm-ups, was asked if he was competing with Brady.

“Yeah, of course,” Harbaugh said as he erupted in laughter. “’Let’s play a little catch Tom.’ He throws a good ball. That ball almost catches itself the way he throws. That’s one heck of a ball he throws.”

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Brady spoke to the Wolverines before the game. Michael Jordan was the honorary captain for the season opener and met with the players the night before the game and fielded questions.

“His pregame talk was outstanding,” Harbaugh said of Brady. “It was very from the heart. He went through each position, told them what was expected of them, to play as the best players at their position had played through the years. It was a great message."

Michigan tight end and co-captain Jake Butt said he shook hands with Brady in the locker room before the game.

“You could feel his presence and you could look in his eyes and you could tell the way he carries himself is why he’s one of the greatest of all time,” Butt said. “It’s special. It’s special to be a captain here and already the lineup we’ve had with honorary captains going on, it just shows why Michigan is such a great place.“


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