The Day Jim Harbaugh Met The Pope
The Rome trip has been another move by Jim Harbaugh that many have followed closely and have their own opinions about. Some see it simply as a recruiting tactic and another way he’s pushing the envelope in college football, while others see it for what it is, a trip of a lifetime. Now that’s just my opinion, of course; but I feel those making a big deal about it are simply jealous.
The last several days have included team activities and sight seeing to soak up what that area of the world is all about. For some, this was the first time out of the United States to a place many will never have the opportunity to visit. Many will look back and talk about this trip for a very long time.
One of the most memorable moments will certainly be when they were up close with the Pope in Vatican City. The media had a different view high up top, but took in the amazing scenery that is Vatican City.
Whoa. pic.twitter.com/vzPBSdLm71— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) April 26, 2017
Coach Jim Harbaugh saw the Pope up close and had the opportunity to hand him a Michigan custom winged helmet and pair of Jordan’s.
Not great video. Harbaugh handing Michigan helmet and Jordans to the Pope pic.twitter.com/UDAW9TINxy— angelique (@chengelis) April 26, 2017
A gift for @Pontifex from @HailEquipment. #HAILROMA pic.twitter.com/Jan52Mktyo— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 26, 2017
Jim Harbaugh spoke with the media shortly after to sum up what it meant to him. He started off by saying, “Top three priorities in my life; faith, family and football.” He was asked what it means to see his son get baptized and his daughter receive her first communion in Vatican City. “If I accomplished nothing more in my life, if I were to go right now, I’ll be going out a blessed man. This is as good as it gets, this has been the experience of a lifetime.”
Jim Harbaugh addressing the media in Rome https://t.co/r8OQ0cSnI1— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) April 26, 2017
Jim Harbaugh explaining the moment he handed the Pope his gifts.
Harbaugh on handing the helmet and shoes to the Pope pic.twitter.com/oofYeEX6VB— angelique (@chengelis) April 26, 2017
Jim’s wife, Sarah, also commented about this amazing moment.
Sarah Harbaugh "I've never seen my husband at a loss for words" after meeting Pope "I was crying. I was trying to breathe. It was surreal"— angelique (@chengelis) April 26, 2017
Some of the players also shared their view of the Pope.
Amazing Time In Rome, Italy ... It Was Great Seeing @Pontifex In Person !!! pic.twitter.com/tGqIw5068e— Donovan P. Jones (@dpeoplesjones) April 26, 2017
Making unforgettable memories in Rome. Feet away from The Pope! @Pontifex pic.twitter.com/1IDI82odaP— Jared Wangler (@Jwangles2) April 26, 2017
We are fortunate to take in this morning's Papal Address at the Vatican, and with amazing seats, too!#GoBlue #HAILROMA 〽️ pic.twitter.com/uNGydScnJx— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 26, 2017
What an amazing day and opportunity for the team, especially for Jim Harbaugh.
There is no word to describe the inner beauty that shines through the eyes of our Holy Father and his words... "Pray for me" pic.twitter.com/doUpeajuRp— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 26, 2017
The team starts their first of three practices tomorrow then leave on Sunday.