Ravens coach John Harbaugh and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have finally found common ground.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh invited both his brother, and Brady, a Michigan alum, to his much-publicized "Signing of the Stars" event on Wednesday to celebrate National Signing Day.
The unprecedented event, aimed to celebrate the Wolverines' highly-touted recruiting class and undoubtedly to woo future prospects to Ann Arbor, will also include appearances by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, professional wrestler Ric Flair, former coaches Mike Shanahan and Lou Holtz and singer Josh Gracin along with many others.
Jeter's website, The Players' Tribune, will live stream the event and have commentary from John Harbaugh among others.
"I'll tell you, it's a cast of the stars," John Harbaugh said Tuesday night in an interview with ESPN's Allison Williams at the beginning of the Indiana-Michigan men's basketball game. The Hoosiers, coached by Harbaugh's brother-in-law, Tom Crean, were victorious.
"We have an All-Star crew," Harbaugh told Williams. "Matter of fact, I've been told that I have a plane flight back home with Tom Brady. I'm really excited about that. It's going to be great. The whole thing is amazing. It's really fun. What Jim is doing at Michigan, the group that he's assembled just with his staff, his players, his recruiting class is off the charts. It should be a lot of fun."
Jim Harbaugh, who is preparing for his second season at the helm of the Wolverines, has gotten a lot of attention for his innovative – and frankly, off-the-wall in some cases – recruiting tactics. He's attended classes with recruits and had sleepovers at their houses.
"Just have fun," Harbaugh told Williams of his recruiting strategy. "Work really hard and have fun doing it."
There are very few things that would probably be more fun than sharing a row with John Harbaugh and Tom Brady on a flight. I don't know if the two have conversed much since the Patriots' 35-31 victory over the Ravens in the AFC divisional playoff round in 2014, when Brady, after learning of Harbaugh's gripe that the Patriots were using an illegal formation, instructed the Ravens to "study the rule book."