Michigan football's Jim Harbaugh: 'Finally get a seat at the big person table'

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh said he finally gets a spot "at the big person table" after leading the Wolverines to the national championship.

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh holds the National
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh holds the National / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It's not easy to be a Harbaugh. But after Jim Harbaugh coached Michigan football to a national championship on Monday night, he said, "I can finally sit at the big person table."

Of course, that was a shot to the classic kids and adult table that you'll have at some family functions. Jim Harbaugh's dad won a national championship as a college assistant coach. His brother, John Harbaugh, beat Jim for the Super Bowl back in 2013, so to get a seat at the table, Jim felt he needed to win a national championship.

Amazingly, he did it on Monday night with Michigan football.

When Harbaugh announced he was coming back after his flirtation with the Vikings, "For as long as Michigan will have me" Harbaugh said his goal was to win a national title. He also wants to win a Super Bowl, which is why the NFL pull is still real.

But now, Jim Harbaugh takes a backseat to no one. At least in the Harbaugh household. In terms of coaching greatness, Harbaugh certainly has his own impressive legacy. He's the first-ever head coach to win three straight outright Big Ten titles and one of just six head coaches to have a 15-0 team that won the national championship.

Beyond that, he's also the only head coach to have a team in the Super Bowl, in the College Football Playoff, and now the national championship.

Yes, the questions about the NFL are going to come. But as Harbaugh said on Monday he wants to enjoy the moment, "Can a guy have that?"

With the NCAA and the Super Bowl itch, the NFL is a possibility. But Harbaugh cemented his legacy as the greatest head coach in Michigan football history on Monday night and in the grand scheme of things, few, if any, have had the success Harbaugh has had at every level.

Jim Harbaugh is the ultimate winner and now, he's a national champion.

He's also graduated permanently to the adults table. As long as they allow tattoos.