My Sportsman: Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh used the famous phrase after being announced as Stanford's football coach last year and he has lived up to those words. If the Sportsman of the Year went to the best coach or the best player or the best team, Harbaugh would never be in the running. But if squeezing every ounce out of yourself and those around you means anything, Harbaugh wins going away.
No coach has gotten more out of his team than Harbaugh has at Stanford, which went 1-11 last season. His success as a coach wouldn't have surprised
Everyone remembers Harbaugh's shining moment this season. In case you forgot, you can look up: "Biggest upset in college football history."
It was the culmination of everything Harbaugh had preached to his players since his first practice on The Farm:
It wasn't as if Harbaugh tiptoed into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He has poked and prodded USC coach
"There's no way I'd ever try to understand what that's about," Carroll said in response to Harbaugh's comments. "Thanks, Jim."
Yes, thanks, Jim for giving me some motivation to beat you by more than the 41-point spread. Thanks for giving USC's players a reason to play hard against a cellar-dweller with a 17-44 record over the past five years.
This was the equivalent of a nerd challenging the bully to a fight on his turf
The mastermind behind the greatest upset in college football history was Harbaugh. Not so much for his Xs and Os, but his persona and prose. He inspired his team before the game by telling them they would win. He told them the game was their moment and all they had to do was believe in themselves and each other.
"All of our lives you're told so many things you can't do," said Harbaugh. "You're not fast enough, you're not smart enough, a thousand times no, a thousand times can't, until all the no's become meaningless."
On October 6, the Stanford players said, "Yes."
Yes. Thanks, Jim.