The Super Bowl winning coach held the following conversation with Letterman on the Late Show, according to excerpts provided by CBS. The program aired Thursday night at 11:35 p.m. ET.
Letterman: “What did you say to your brother after the game and what did he say to you?”
Harbaugh: “I told him I loved him, you know, good game, and he said congratulations, you know, I’m proud of you.”
Letterman: “Have you spoken to him since?”
Harbaugh: “I have not. We have not had a conversation since. We will – soon.” (audience and Letterman laughs)
Letterman: “I mean, I guess unless you’re in that position, you don’t really know what it is, but what was it? It’s your brother – are you able to dismiss that? Is it meaningless once the game starts?”
Harbaugh: “Yeah, it kind of is. I mean, you look across the field and you see him and you kind of see what he’s doing over there and you kind of say, ‘Hey.’ No, at the time, I didn’t really have a problem looking at him on the other sideline. That seemed normal to me. When I looked out there and saw him in the other huddle, in their huddle, when they were getting ready to run a play, that seemed like Jim. That wasn’t surprising."
Letterman: “Did you ever get a sense growing up that there was favoritism from one to the other? Were you the favorite? Was Jim the favorite?”
Harbaugh: “I felt like Jim was the favorite pretty much our whole [life] – I did, I did. Jim felt like he was the favorite, but the truth, Joani, our sister, she was truly the favorite. She was the little baby girl.”
Letterman: “Joani…now where does she coach?” (audience and Harbaugh laugh)
Letterman: “When will you talk to your brother?”
Harbaugh: “I’m hoping, you know, sometime soon. We actually, we have meetings coming up, we have a combine in two weeks."
Letterman: “Is there animosity?”
Harbaugh: “No, no. You know what there is?”
Letterman: “Is he feeling bad? Do you need to reach out to him?”
Harbaugh: “He’s playing golf today. He’s playing golf, yeah. No, there’s no consolation. There’s no way that you console your brother. Anybody that has a brother knows that. You don’t console your brother. It doesn’t work.”
Letterman: “Not having a brother, I have two sisters and it’s unlikely that any of us would have coached a Super Bowl game, so I don’t know what this is. I don’t know what this is. Do you wake up thinking, ‘Oh, thank God I beat him,’ or, ‘Oh, I won, but, oh, too bad.’ I just don’t know what that is.”
Harbaugh: “You know, you do wake up thinking, ‘Thank God I beat him.’ You do, yes. It would have been a long life, you know?” (audience laughs)
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