June 17, 2017
ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh’s spent enough time around the Obama family now to where he’s willing to take a shot.
Michigan’s head coach said Saturday during his annual quarterbacks camp in Ann Arbor that he plans making a formal offer to both Barack and Michelle Obama to be honorary football captains in 2017.
Michigan went through a variety of honorary captains before each home game last season, including Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.
The Obamas would be quite a pull.
“We’re making those asks, those official asks,” Harbaugh said. “Yeah, we’re in the process of making an official ask.”
Harbaugh was in Washington D.C. last week to speak at a congressional hearing on behalf of Legal Services Corporation — as Harbaugh serves as a member of the LSC’s Leaders Council.
While in Washington, Harbaugh had a chance to speak with the Obamas briefly once again.
Harbaugh, of course, has worked with Michelle Obama in the past on an educational initiative. He’s met the President and First Lady many times and has developed a relationship with both of them over the years.
“It was incredible. Spent 39 wonderful minutes with President Obama (last week), saw Mrs. Obama as well,” he said. “He was great. He’s relaxed, working on a lot of things. A book. He shared a lot of insights.
“It was a great learning experience.”
So, is he going to be able to get the Obamas to Ann Arbor?
“Well, we’re going to ask,” he said. “He’s still a busy man.
“(But) that’d be something.”