Each Pro Bowl team is led by the coach of the team that lost in that conference’s championship game. John Harbaugh, the rookie coach whose Baltimore Ravens fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-14 in the AFC Championship Game, said he wasn’t able to fully get over that loss until Super Bowl XLIII had been played. A Super Bowl that Harbaugh didn’t even watch.
“I saw some of the third quarter in a surf shop,” said Harbaugh, who was with his family and Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and his family on a trip to Hawaii’s North Shore, about a one-hour drive from Honolulu.
Harbaugh didn’t find out the game’s outcome until after he had jumped off a 50-foot cliff into the water below.
“It looked like 150 feet,” he said.
Harbaugh’s wife, Ingrid, jumped, and Cameron’s sons, who already were in the water, egged their father on until he finally took the plunge. Harbaugh’s 7-year-old daughter, Alison, begged to be allowed to jump, too, but her father won’t let the daredevil make the leap until she’s older.
The Ravens’ coach also talked shop after the AFC’s first Pro Bowl practice and said that Baltimore’s three linebackers in the final year of their contracts — Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bart Scott — all want to be in Ravens uniforms next year. Then Harbaugh added that the Ravens “will do everything in our power to make that happen.”