Here we go again. On Saturday, Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan Wolverines went into Columbus and destroyed the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 45-23. With the win, Michigan advanced to the Big Ten Championship Game for the second season in a row, and they likely secured themselves another appearance in the College Football Playoff, regardless of what happens in Indianapolis against the Purdue Boilermakers. It's almost December, which also means it's time for the Harbaugh to the NFL rumors to begin. (Note: I am not buying any of them, especially when they come from Mike Florio)
Jim Harbaugh says he has ‘unfinished business' in the NFL
Following the 2021 season, Harbaugh interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings and depending on who you trust, it was a job he would have taken had it been offered to him.
Just before the start of the 2022 season, Harbaugh did an interview with Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN, and he said he has “unfinished business” in the NFL.
Via Mike Florio Pro Football Talk:
“One of the things that was really kind of driving me is, you know, we were in San Francisco, we got that close to winning the Super Bowl,” Harbaugh told Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN in an interview that was televised on Labor Day weekend. “That’s always been a thing. There’s unfinished business there. But, hey, winning the national championship, [I] could be really happy with that, too. So that’s the goal. That’s the one we’re chasing.”
Will Jim Harbaugh return to the NFL?
Harbaugh is certainly committed to winning a National Championship at Michigan, but a college National Championship, in his eyes is not the same as winning a Super Bowl.
“Sure, the Super Bowl is the greatest prize in our sport,” Harbaugh told Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press in early February. “But winning a national championship. That’s pretty darn great. Let’s do that. There was a pull to the NFL because I got that close to the Super Bowl, but this was the time [to try and return.] And this is the last time. Now let’s go chase college football’s greatest prize.”
Folks, please focus on the “And this is the last time” portion of that quote.
Yes, Harbaugh has unfinished business in the NFL. But that does not mean he has any intentions of returning to finish that business.
Harbaugh can certainly be goofy, but I am going to take him at his word when he says he is done flirting with the NFL.
Nation, what do you think?