Turning serious Monday, Harbaugh praised the work of his younger brother with the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to three NFC championship games and a Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens.
"I couldn't be more proud of what they accomplished as a team and he, as a leader," John Harbaugh said. "It was pretty obvious and evident in that locker room after the game how those players feel about him and how those coaches feel about him."
The 49ers went 44-19-1 in their four years under Jim Harbaugh, including 8-8 this year.
However, Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers under rocky circumstances as owner Jed York took the side of general manager Trent Baalke instead of the coach who led them to a Super Bowl.
"It's pretty evident that those unnamed sources out there got their facts wrong even though some are still standing behind it, which is ludicrous," John Harbaugh said. "That's a locker room that loves one another, and that was easy to see. The way they played hard right to the end, it speaks for itself."