Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh now wears a sleep mask, can’t bench press much, doesn’t feel he has to miss the NFL because it’s “still there,” only drinks whole milk, and said Tom Brady delivered one of the best pregame speeches he’s heard.
These are some of the gems Harbaugh shared while making the national radio rounds Tuesday morning to promote his YouTube ads for Fairlife Milk. He and wife, Sarah, and their three children, appeared in an ad released Tuesday for the protein-rich milk.
During his appearance with Michigan grad Rich Eisen, who was the honorary captain for Michigan’s game against UCF, Harbaugh was asked if he misses the NFL. Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers before becoming head coach of his alma mater. He is in his second season coaching Michigan, which is ranked No. 4 and is 3-0 as it prepares to open the Big Ten season against Penn State.
Harbaugh told Eisen that while he watches Michigan tape on Sundays, he has NFL games on. He always watches the Baltimore Ravens, coached by his brother, John Harbaugh.
“I love watching the games,” Harbaugh said on the Rich Eisen Show Tuesday.
“You don’t miss any of it, do you, coach? You don’t miss it, right?” Eisen asked.
“It’s still there, Rich, I don’t have to miss it,” Harbaugh said. "The NFL is still there. I get to watch it.”
Eisen: “I’m just making sure.”
Harbaugh said he is very much interested in developing the current Michigan players for NFL futures.
“I want to get our guys there, too,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’re going to have quite a few players on this ball club right now playing on Sundays next year. And into the future we have some good young players. That’s a goal for them, I want that to be a goal for them. I want to see them playing at the highest level in the National Football League. I take a lot of pleasure and consider that part of my job to put our players in the position to play in the NFL.”
Earlier Tuesday, Harbaugh appeared on the Dan Patrick Show. Patrick asked him at one point how much he can bench press and Harbaugh quickly responded, "not much" and said that was never his forte. When they discussed the Fairlife Milk campaign, Patrick joked that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s milk choices are different, the low-cal version.
Harbaugh has always extolled the virtues of whole milk and said he guzzled it as a kid and that’s why he grew to 6-foot-3 and was able to play quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL.
“Urban drinks 1 percent, by the way,” Patrick said.
Harbaugh played along.
“Well, we refuse to drink the candy ass skim milk or the 1 percent,” he said. “We won’t have any of that.”
Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady was the honorary Michigan captain last week, and played catch with Harbaugh during pre-game warmups. He said Brady’s speech to the players before the game was outstanding.
“The way he interacted with our players and our students and with the crowd, and the way they treated him, it was special. It was special day for Michigan football,” Harbaugh said on the Dan Patrick Show.
“It was pre-game talk that you would expect from Tom Brady. The paint was peeling from inside the walls of the locker room. It resonated with them. It was one of the better pre-game speeches I’ve ever heard a coach or player tell. It was from the heart and it was exactly what they needed to hear.”
Appearing on the “Tiki and Tierney” show, Harbaugh decided to share some personal news – he has a new sleep aid, which assists those with sleep apnea.
“As far as going to bed at night, I’m going to blow your whole image that you have here – I wear a sleep mask now,” Harbaugh said laughing. “Let me tell you, it is good. I sleep so much better.
“It keeps me from dying. I’m all for it.”
As an interesting aside, Patrick asked Harbaugh if he was coaching a new NFL franchise and he gets the first pick in the draft, who would he select at quarterback?
“Andrew Luck,” Harbaugh said, without hesitation. He coached Luck at Stanford.
The answer stunned Patrick.
“He’s young, he’s great, and he’s a total stud,” Harbaugh said.
Patrick thought Harbaugh would take Brady, despite Brady’s age.
“I’ll go with Andrew Luck,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh also spent time on each show wishing his wife, Sarah, a happy birthday. He and Sarah and their kids in the first Fairlife ad that was released on Facebook, Harbaugh, sitting on a couch, appears to be enthusiastically watching game film. Instead, he’s watching their three children – Sarah is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child – building a goal post.
“A strong offensive line of calcium and proteins makes stronger bones which means more production from the kids,” Harbaugh tells his wife in the ad. “That’s how we roll!”
He later shows he can still fit in his football pads while telling his wife he is “Captain Completion.”
“Less sugar means captain completion here and fit back into his old armor,” Harbaugh said, pounding a fist on his chest. “Still fits. One team, one dream, baby.”
Penn State at Michigan
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Line: Michigan by 18½
Records: Penn State 2-1 (0-0 Big Ten), 4 Michigan 3-0 (0-0)
Series: Michigan leads 12-7 (Michigan 28-16, Nov. 21, 2015)