Battle of the Brothers; Sibling Rivalry
By Gino Blefari
President & CEO
Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.
In 10 days, the battle of the brothers will take place, not over the remote in the living room, not over the basketball in the backyard, but over a football in a stadium in front of over 151 million people on footballs biggest stage. It’s a pretty remarkable moment for both Super Bowl teams to be coached by the same family; John Harbaugh coach of the Raven’s and his younger brother, by only 15 months, Jim Harbaugh coach of the 49ers. The boys were so close, their father often referred to them as twins so it’s no surprise they both ended up following the same dream. Leadership and success is not only in their blood, but in their DNA.
There’s actually a story that might explain some of this. It’s about the brother’s childhood as kids of former longtime college coach Jack Harbaugh, back when their family never complained about constant moving (they actually moved 4 times before Jim left for college) or tiny, cramped homes. Jack actually would get so energized while driving his kids around that he’d shout, “Who has it better than us?” Every time, Jim and John, along with their younger sister Julie would scream back, “Nobody!”
Jim has relayed this story to the Niners and it resonates with the 49ers so much that they chant “Nobody!” every time Harbaugh yells, “Who has it better than us?” after practices and games.
It’s that energy and passion that has been passed on from their father to them that has helped to motivate both the 49ers and the Ravens to make it this far. That, combined with team’s focus on positives, helps create the perfect road to success.
Jim is very much a player’s coach. Being a former player himself, he strives to have a relationship with his team, sitting down to chat with all of the players at one time or another, never putting the starters ahead of the practice team. John sees the great players around him and gives them credit for their work. Hardly will you see a quote from him touting his own success. Instead, he puts it back on the team. Both brothers know that the achievement of the team comes from the players themselves, not the coaches. Such synergy and devotion to the game on both teams, it will be interesting to see what happens on game day.
To all the fans who will be watching the Super Bowl, when it comes to watching two great leaders in action on the biggest stage ever, who has it better than us?….Nobody!