Brothers Harbaugh take Super Bowl stage

Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- NFL coaches Jim and John Harbaugh have made Super Bowl XLVII a family affair, pointing out their many relatives at a news conference Friday.

Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, takes on John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl Sunday. They appeared Friday at the first joint coaches' news conference prior to the NFL title game.

But that is because it is the first time brother-coached teams will meet for the title.

While the stage had two Harbaughs in the spotlight, other members of the family were around the room.

"I just want to start by saying what an honor it is for both of us to be here with each other, no question about it," said John Harbaugh. "What a very exciting moment it is, but even more than that for our families to be here. For our mom and dad, sitting right over there, Jack and Jackie and for Grandpa Joe -- 97-years-old and going strong -- and Bob Sepidi, our uncle, and Chad, our cousin."

He didn't mention Jim's son Jay, who is a coaching intern with John's Ravens.

Asked about the mixed emotions Sunday -- with one brother winning and the other losing -- John Harbaugh said it will be a different brotherhood that will take precedence.

"It's not really about how we're going to feel," John Harbaugh said. "It's about the teams. We're fiercely loyal, there's no doubt. That's definitely not ever going to change.

"We'll continue to be fiercely loyal and protective of one another but also of our teams. The band of brothers will be the brothers on the sideline. That'll be the band of brothers in this competition."

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