Monday, December 7, 2015

John Harbaugh: A Man of Faith

John Harbaugh is the head coach of Baltimore Ravens. He is the winner of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, in which he and the Baltimore Ravens defeated his brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31.

Harbough is also known for his faith, which he exudes with confidence.  Harbough is a football player who did not want to let go of the camaraderie that he experienced as a player and so like his father and his brother, he became a coach. 

He says, "God puts people in your path for a reason." He believes in selfless individualism--not selfish individualism. People need to be humble to be their best. He believes the way you manage relationships in coaching is very important. Faith and relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important priority.

On a personal level, Harbaugh prays every night with his wife. He likes to be intentional about his life. He likes to read and study the Bible.  He regularly attends Mass and believes Confession is critical--helps him stay convicted.  He also goes to team chapel services. His studies have helped change--they help him in his job.

Harbaugh believes it is important to prioritize.  Anything that gets between you and God is bad. 
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