Today, we're going to party like it's 1995. As former Colts quarterback and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh prepares his team to play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, let's take a moment to remember some of Harbaugh's greatest moments as an Indianapolis Colt. (Note: I had to narrow this down considerably. So if you have any Harbaugh memories you feel like sharing, please leave a comment)
Long before he ever coached Andrew Luck or Colin Kaepernick, or even appeared in that Saved by the Bell episode, Harbaugh was an eight-year NFL veteran, unceremoniously jettisoned by Chicago and unwanted by most of the league. His career in doubt, Harbaugh was a man down on his luck when he first came to Indy, according to a great 1996 article by Peter King, written just after Indianapolis knocked off Kansas City in the 95-96 playoffs:
It's about time Harbaugh's luck turned. The week he got waived by the Bears, he also broke up with his girlfriend and learned that his month-old golden retriever had only a 10% chance of surviving an intestinal disease. He said he felt as if he were living the lyrics of a country-music song. The job, the girl and the dog...and then came Mel Kiper.
According to the article, Kiper was highly critical of the Colts for signing Harbaugh, saying they had once again signed the wrong guy should have pursued Trent Dilfer.
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