BENEFITING: M CLUB OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
EVENT DATE: Dec 29, 2014
It's time for the prodigal son to return to Ann Arbor
JIM HARBAUGH, Michigan Player, 1986
My impressions of Bo started when I was nine years old, and my dad was a secondary coach on his staff. During practice, the coaches’ kids played our own game of football, and whenever an errant kick or pass landed on Bo’s field, he’d blow his whistle and scream, “Get those damn kids off my field!” When he would see me in the hallway he’d say, “You’re a cocky little guy, aren’t you?” I’d say, “Sometimes, I guess.” No matter what he had to say to you, it always felt great to be noticed by Bo. To this day I remember almost all of my encounters with Bo in great detail, but the most memorable occurred in his office a few days after the 1985 Ohio State game, which we won, 27–17. He stood up and put his fists on his desk and told me that I had played one of the finest games he had ever seen a Michigan quarterback play. I thanked him. Then he leaned back in his chair and looked up at the ceiling. “What it must feel like to have a son play the way you did! To stand in that pocket with the safety bearing down on you unblocked and hit Jon Kolesar on the post to seal the victory. UNBLOCKED!” He then let loose his familiar chuckle. “I’m proud of you, Jim.” I felt as loved and appreciated as I have ever felt, like I was one of Bo’s sons. In reality I was one of Bo’s thousands of sons.
Proceeds will go towards funding the next J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan, Mr. J. Harbaugh.