John Harbaugh's coaching career was forever validated by the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl win earlier this month. Now he will be immortalized by becoming a member of the famed Cradle of Coaches at Miami University.
Harbaugh, a 1984 graduate of Miami University, will be honored with a statue (to be revealed early next year) alongside some of the greatest coaches to ever walk the sideline.
Consider some of the company Harbaugh will be joining: College Football Hall of Famer Earl "Red" Blaik, Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown, College Football Hall of Famer Carm Cozza, 1958 National Coach of the Year Paul Dietzel, Pro Football Hall of Famer Weeb Ewbank, College Football Hall of Famer Woody Hayes, College Football Hall of Famer Ara Parseghian, 1967 National Coach of the Year John Pont, and College Football Hall of Famer Bo Schembechler.
“Miami is a very special place and as anyone who played or coached at Miami knows that the Cradle of Coaches is a great honor,” Harbaugh said in a press release. “To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching. To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.”
In his short time as a head coach, Harbaugh has also made a little bit of history to deserve mention with the group above. In addition to joining Ewbank as the only Cradle members to hoist a Lombardi Trophy as a head coach, Harbaugh also became the first post-merger NFL head coach to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons on the job. Under Harbaugh, the Ravens have posted a 54-26 regular-season record and a 9-4 postseason mark.