Congratulations to the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens for reaching Super Bowl XLVII. As a resident of Baltimore I am particularly excited about the Ravens and the many back stories of this successful season. Overcoming injuries and the death of the Ravens legendary owner Art Modell adds special meaning to this achievement. Add to it the impending retirement of Baltimore’s mythological linebacker Ray Lewis and you can imagine what this upcoming Super Bowl means to Baltimore.
However, as someone who has studies sibling dynamics for many years what is most intriguing for me is the upcoming matchup between San Francisco’s and Baltimore’s head coaches: the Harbaugh brothers. I can’t begin to imagine the pressures coaches experience as they prepare for the big game. Coupled with the sibling rivalry dynamics that this upcoming game entails and I do not envy Baltimore’s John or San Francisco’s Jim. And as I did some research about these brothers and their families, in order to apply to my understanding of sibling rivalry dynamics in general, I began to appreciate even more the extent of the pressure, particularly for older brother John.
Allow me to share some background information and my personal thoughts which I hope will provide a great backstory to enhance your enjoyment of this upcoming Super Bowl. John and Jim are the only two sons (they have a sister as well) of Jack and Jackie Harbaugh. Football runs deep in the family. Jack held various college football coaching positions including head coaching positions at Western Michigan University and Western Kentucky University. This football enthusiasm rubbed off on both Harbaugh boys. Older brother John played and coached in college with little success then moved on to serve as an NFL special teams and defensive backs coach for Philadelphia. In 2008 he became head coach of the Baltimore Ravens.