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John Harbaugh stopped in with David Letterman on Thursday

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Hours after talking football at the Ravens' training complex, coach John Harbaugh sat down with David Letterman to tape an appearance for tonight's program.

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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