Harbaugh gives pope helmet, pair of Jordan sneakers
VATICAN CITY | Jim Harbaugh stood near the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica with a Michigan football helmet and a box of Wolverine-themed Jordan sneakers held high above his head.
Members of Michigan’s 150-plus contingent all came on this unusual trip to Italy for a variety of reasons. For some, it was their first chance to leave the United States. Others had never been to Rome. Harbaugh? He came for all the reasons one could dream up. But especially for this one. Inside Vatican City. Standing inches away from Pope Francis. Michigan’s coach, flanked by his wife, Sarah, had an opportunity to greet the pope Wednesday after a weekly papal address inside St. Peter’s Square.
Sarah Harbaugh reached for the pope’s hands, told him “I love you” and eventually kissed his hands. Harbaugh, after delivering a personalized winged helmet - complete with the pope’s name and number (226) and a pair of size 11 Jordan Brand sneakers - listened as the holy father asked for his prayers.