Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who is undergoing chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma discovered this summer, visited the Ravens' practice Monday at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.
Coach John Harbaugh called it a "really great experience," and said Hogan told the team "he was doing well.
"'Tough times require tough people,'" Harbaugh said. "'Tough it out.' I'm paraphrasing, but that was kind of it. He's got to fight through things. Life hits you in the face. You've got to fight it and overcome it.
"It's probably a very timely message for us," said Harbaugh, whose team suffered its worst preseason defeat in his eight-year tenure Saturday with a 40-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hogan has continued to work throughout his treatment, and a spokesman for the governor said last week that Hogan's cancer was 95 percent gone.
Harbaugh said he talked with Hogan's daughter, Jaymi Sterling, who did her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan -- where John's brother, Jim, coaches the football team -- and did her post-graduate work at the University of Maryland.
The two football programs play each other on Oct. 3 in College Park, and while Harbaugh said Sterling would wear a split jersey between the two schools, he didn't plan to be nearly as magnanimous.
"I'm going to put it out there right now: I'll be on the Michigan sideline wearing maize and blue, just for the record," Harbaugh said. "I like coach [Randy Edsall] over there, but I love Jim Harbaugh."
Talk wasn't all football and perseverance, though. Earlier this month, Harbaugh made headlines for discussing immigration and saying America should "build the wall." He later joked his next political talk would cover the tax code.
"I asked [Hogan] about that," Harbaugh said. "He told me to stick to football."
Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Dresser contributed to this article.