Jim Harbaugh's Weirdest Moments: From Walruses To Judge Judy

Michigan football Jim Harbaugh is known for the enthusiastic way in which he approaches the game. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Michigan football Jim Harbaugh is known for the enthusiastic way in which he approaches the game. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Whether he’s climbing a tree, doing his best DJ Khaled impersonation, dabbing, attending the State of the Union or inviting himself over for a sleepover at a recruit's house (a kicking recruit, no less), Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has been busy this recruiting season.

Some might be alarmed at Harbaugh’s recent actions, but for those who’ve followed him throughout his career, this pattern of behavior is nothing out of the ordinary. Here’s a look back at some of Harbaugh’s wackiest moments.

Announcing A 2020 Presidential Campaign

Earlier this month, rapper Wale complimented Harbaugh’s winning nature and jokingly suggested he run for the nation's highest office.

Harbaugh took the idea and ran with it, tweeting back nothing short of an official campaign announcement (as long as Wale promised to join the ticket as VP, of course).

I’m interested to see how their platform matches up with Kanye West’s.

Appearing On "Judge Judy"  

Harbaugh and his father, Jack Harbaugh, fulfilled a life-long dream in 2013 when they got front-row seats at a "Judge Judy" taping.

The Harbaughs are unabashed Judge Judy superfans.

“I love Judge Judy,” he told Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. “We have some great Supreme Court members, tremendous Supreme Court currently that we have, but I’d love to see Judge Judy on the Supreme Court. I just love everything about her. She’s much smarter than me, let me tell you that. And she’s a much better gin player. I’d hate to be compared to Judge Judy."

Challenging A Walrus To A Push-Up Contest

Harbaugh has never been one to shy away from a physical challenge. So, when Siku, a 1,750-pound walrus at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, threw down the gauntlet, the then-49ers coach happily obliged.

Poor Siku never had a chance.

Putting Gatorade In His Cereal

Harbaugh’s son Jay, an assistant coach with the Wolverines, told the Michigan Athletics website about a time in which his dad was forced to improvise.

“This one time I was a kid, we didn’t have any milk for cereal,” the 25-year-old said. “He put Gatorade in the cereal instead of milk. It was the weirdest thing I ever saw.

“I didn’t try it. For good reason. That’s not where Gatorade goes.”

Yes, Gatorade definitely does not go in cereal, but I can’t hate on the resourcefulness here.

Smearing A Player’s Blood On His Face

One of the craziest Harbaugh stories comes from his first year at Stanford in 2007. Cardinal offensive lineman Chase Beeler told the Michigan Daily that when a player ran off the field bloodied in the middle of a game, Harbaugh smeared the player’s blood on his face like warpaint.

“[Harbaugh is] standing on the sideline with the offensive line, really jacked up, screaming, yelling, jumping around with blood smeared on his face,” Beeler said.

That’s one way to get your team fired up.



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