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UM's Harbaugh meets driver who hit him when he was 7

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, left, poses with life insurance salesman Dan McGivern in Iowa City.

Jim Harbaugh's a lot of things.

Forgiving appears to be one of them.

The Michigan football coach tweeted twice from Iowa City on Wednesday night, posing with a man named Dan McGivern.

The significance?

McGivern hit Harbaugh with his car when the future UM and NFL quarterback was 7 years old.

"With Dan McGivern of Iowa City. Driver, when I ran into traffic & took on his car @ age (7) #LifeSaver #DefiningMoment," Harbaugh posted in his first tweet.

Harbaugh quickly followed up with another.

"For comprehensive Life Insurance coverage, call Dan McGivern at 319-351-4307," he tweeted.

How appropriate.

Harbaugh is believed to be in Iowa City recruiting four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin, who is considering Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Iowa, Ohio State and UCLA ahead of Signing Day on Wednesday. Martin is expected to take an official visit to Michigan next week.

As for that tale from when Harbaugh was just a wee lad, here's how that story goes.

“I broke my leg in Iowa City, the first day we moved to Iowa City,” Harbaugh told The Gazette of Cedar Rapids last July. “I was (7) years old chasing my brother after the first day of school and across the street and didn’t look both ways, and I got hit by a mail truck.”

Harbaugh suffered a fractured leg in the incident.

"I mean, who gets hit by a mail truck?" Michigan defensive back Dymonte Thomas told NFL.com last week, recalling when Harbaugh told him the story. "It could only be you, Coach Harbaugh."

Harbaugh's father, Jack, had just taken an assistant-coaching job at Iowa, where he worked until 1973.

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