Har­baugh gives pope hel­met, pair of Jor­dan sneak­ers

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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