Harbaugh deems Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ Ravens’ theme song of week
OWINGS MILLS — It’s not his favorite Tom Petty song, but head coach John Harbaugh deemed it the anthem of the week for the Baltimore Ravens.
“‘I Won’t Back Down.’ Let’s make that the theme song this week for the Ravens,” he said Wednesday.
Harbaugh reflected on the rock legend, who died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 66. The long-time fan saw Petty perform with his brother, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, when they were growing up.
“Favorite song by Tom Petty, ‘Runnin’ Down a Dream.’ I love it. It’s inspiring,” Harbaugh said. “I saw him in concert up in Michigan at Pine Knob when I was in high school. We were on the grass, of course. We got there a little late – my brother was running late, as usual. We came in for ‘American Girl,’ so that was OK. [We] had a great time. Great guy, great quotes, great perspective on life.”
He predicted Petty would find his way onto Wednesday’s practice playlist.
“I have a feeling we’re going to have a little Tom Petty out here today,” Harbaugh said.
The Ravens are in no position to back down following a pair of losses that drop their record to 2-2. Oakland has a matching record and is also coming off of consecutive losses.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform during the half time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLII football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in Glendale, Arizona, Sunday, February 3, 2008.