The last few months have resulted in nothing but victories for Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh. After his squad sneaked by Denver and then pummeled New England, Harbaugh faced his own brother in the Super Bowl. Another victory in the championship game gave him a ring and moved him into elite company.
This fact is set to be celebrated in historical fashion by his alma mater, Miami of Ohio.
The Midwest’s Miami will induct Harbaugh into its “Cradle of Coaches” statue plaza next year. The plaza currently consists of bronze, life-size statue of Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Earl “Red” Blaik, Carm Cozza, Paul Dietzel and John Pont. Thus, Harbaugh will have a massive statue constructed in his honor and it will be on display outside Yager Stadium early next year.
According to ESPN, the method to having a statue in one’s honor erected is simple: First, you must have graduated from Miami — Harbaugh is a member of the class of ’84. From there, you either have to have been named a coach of the year at the college or professional level, won a national college or NFL title, or been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No biggie.
“To me, there is no greater recognition in coaching,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “To be included with these great men is something only dreamed about.”
Of the men listed, only Harbaugh, Weeb Ewbank and Paul Brown have won Super Bowl titles. Ewbank’s NFL titles (before there were Super Bowls) were interestingly also with a Baltimore team. He won NFL championships with the Baltimore Colts, and then coached Joe Namath and the New York Jets to a Super Bowl III victory over that same, Johnny Unitas-led Colts’ squad. Brown also coached prior to the Super Bowl era, and also prior to Cleveland’s spiral down to the bottom of the NFL ranks. Brown is one of the two greatest members of the Cleveland Browns (along with running back Jim Brown) and he coached his team to a few NFL championships.