MOREHEAD – Super Bowl XLVII, referred to by many as the Harbaugh Bowl, will have multiple Morehead State University connections when the Baltimore Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3 at the Superdome in New Orleans. This will mark the first time in National Football League history that two brothers will face each other in the championship game.
John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Ravens, was an assistant coach at Morehead State during the 1988 campaign under Head Coach Bill Baldridge. Harbaugh served as the special teams and defensive backs coach that season and also was the strength and conditioning coordinator. He left after one season with the Eagles to take the special teams coordinator position with the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Former Morehead State star Phil Simms will serve as the lead analyst of the Super Bowl on CBS. A native of Louisville, he played quarterback for the Eagles from 1975-78. Simms was then drafted seventh overall by the New York Giants in 1979. He played 15 seasons for the Giants and led them to two Super Bowl victories, including a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award in 1986. Simms has worked in the studio and broadcast booth for CBS Sports since 1988.
Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of John and current head coach of the 49ers, led one of Morehead State’s Pioneer Football League opponents, San Diego, from 2004-2006. USD won two consecutive PFL championships in 2005-06, going 11-1 both seasons. Harbaugh went 2-0 against the Eagles as the head man at San Diego.
Jack Harbaugh, the father of John and Jim, was also an assistant coach at Morehead State in 1967. Harbaugh coached the Eagle defensive backs in his first collegiate position. He left after one season to become an assistant coach at Bowling Green. Harbaugh, who compiled a 117-94-3 record as a head coach, went on to lead Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.
Super Bowl XLVII will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET.