Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh 12th person to play and be head coach in Rose Bowl

Jim Harbaugh has had an incredible career as a Michigan football player and head coach.
2023 Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan
2023 Big Ten Championship - Iowa v Michigan / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

Jim Harbaugh is one of the most competitive people you'll probably ever meet. He's also one of the most accomplished, especially when considering his achievements as a coach and player.

In a Michigan football sense, Harbaugh has beaten Ohio State as a player and now as a head coach (three straight times). He also became the first Big Ten head coach in history to win three consecutive outright league championships.

Harbaugh has also coached the 49ers to the Super Bowl, as well as two other NFC championship games. He also coached Stanford to a New Year's Six Bowl game.

This season, despite all the drama with the NCAA and Big Ten, as well as being suspended six games, Harbaugh helped lead Michigan football to a 13-0 record and a Big Ten championship. The Wolverines victory over Iowa in the Big Ten championship game also means a matchup in the Rose Bowl with Alabama.

Harbaugh has led Michigan football to the Orange Bowl (twice), the Fiesta Bowl, and the Peach Bowl during his team with the Wolverines. Yet, Michigan hadn't made it to the Rose Bowl until this season since it hasn't been part of the College Football Playoff the past two seasons.

That berth will make Jim Harbaugh just the 12th individual to play in the Rose Bowl, as well as being a head coach in the game. He's the first head coach since Bret Bielema to pull off the achievement. Bielema played for the Iowa Hawkeyes and also coached against TCU back in 2011.

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After a second straight 13-0 season, Michigan football will play Alabama in the Rose Bowl, the No. 4 team in college football. Beating the SEC champions won't be easy. As Jesse Minter said, the College Football Playoff has been the "Alabama Invitational."