Jack Harbaugh plans to steer clear of sons' Thanksgiving game

April 20, 2011|By Matt Vensel

When John Harbaugh’s Ravens host Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers on Thanksgiving night, it will be the first time in NFL history that two brothers go up against each other as head coaches.

The fun family affair is one of the most compelling matchups on the NFL’s 2011 schedule, but their father, Jack, who has been on the Ravens’ sideline in the past, does not plan on showing up at M&T Bank Stadium to take in the historical moment.

“No way. And Jackie [Harbaugh] and I have talked about it, and we will not be within two time zones of that venue, I promise you. We’re going to stay as far away from that as we can,” Jack Harbaugh told Jerry Coleman on "Sports with Coleman" on FOX 1370-AM a couple of months ago. “We’ve seen these two guys compete for about 47 years, so … we’ll allow other people to enjoy it with us here in Milwaukee, [where we will be] watching on television.”

John Harbaugh believes otherwise. He revealed his Turkey Day game plan to NFL Network on Tuesday night.

"My dad and mom said they're not going to be within three time zones of the game, but we'll get them there somehow," Harbaugh said after the schedule was released. "What we're going to do is try to get Jim over to the house, get him some turkey, get some of that tryptophan working and get him a little bit tired for later."

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