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January 22, 2013

Harbaugh football heritage makes for interesting matchup

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. —

“We enjoy it very much. We get down in our basement, turn on the television and just have a fantastic day watching outstanding football,” Jack said last week. “We share our misery with no one but ourselves. Not only the misery, but the ups and downs, the ins and outs of an outstanding professional game.”

And, no, the Harbaughs weren’t looking ahead to a potential big trip to the Big Easy.

Jack insists his wife is quick to pull out that old sports cliche: “It’s one game at a time. I think it’s very appropriate,” he said.

Jim figures they won’t possibly miss this history-making game.

“I think they’ll be there,” he said with a smile.

The brothers, separated in age by 15 months, have taken different paths to football’s biggest stage — years after their intense games of knee football at the family home.

They tried to beat each other at cards, or whatever other game it was at the time. Sometimes, they tried to beat each other up. Sister, Joani Crean, often got in on the fun, too.

The 49-year-old Jim never reached a Super Bowl, falling a last-gasp pass short during a 15-year NFL career as a quarterback. The 50-year-old John never played in the NFL.

Still, both will tell you, “Who’s got it better than us? No-body!” — one catchphrase they got from their dad.

“We can’t put into words what it means to see John and Jim achieve this incredible milestone,” their brother-in-law, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, said on Twitter. “We talked to Jim (before) his team plane left. All he wanted to know was how was John doing? How were they playing? One incredible family who puts the care, well-being and love for each other at the forefront like most families do. Again, we are very proud of them. Going to be exciting to watch it unfold.”

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