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John Harbaugh sticks up for brother's satellite camps

Ravens coach John Harbaugh speaks with news media after Tuesday's OTA workout at Under Armour Performance Center.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh speaks with news media after Tuesday's OTA workout at Under Armour Performance Center. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

After speaking with reporters for roughly 10 minutes following his team's organized team activities Tuesday, John Harbaugh couldn't end his press conference without talking about his brother's appearance in town the day before.

On Monday, John's brother, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, attended a satellite camp at Patterson Park for local high school football players. While Harbaugh's camp schedule — which consists of 38 camps during June — has taken criticism from many angles, John was quick to echo his brother's positive enthusiasm for the camps.

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"I'll get a little controversial here," Harbaugh said after taking questions. "You go out to that camp and then make a criticism about those camps. … You had to dig pretty darn deep to find a criticism on that one."

After the Ravens' OTA on Monday, John Harbaugh made an appearance for the evening session. Jim invited him, their father, Jack, and new Ravens quarterback Josh Johnson — who played for Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego — to speak to the players.

John Harbaugh's message invoked a biblical tale as he encouraged the campers to "chase the lion," not run from it. In all, about 300 players attended one of the practices Monday.

"So I guess, you want to criticize that while you're sitting at home doing nothing, then you can do that," John Harbaugh said. "But you know what? Get out there and make a difference. … I was just happy to get a chance to be able to do it, to be able to be included in the whole thing and be a part of it. The truth is, we probably need to do more of it ourselves."

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