For NFL Coaches, It's in the Blood(lines)


On Sunday, Jim and John Harbaugh will become the first pair of brothers to face off as coaches in any major American professional postseason game, let alone a Super Bowl.

As Jim's San Francisco 49ers meet John's Baltimore Ravens, their father Jack, a former college coach himself, is surely swimming in 'dad-of-the-year' novelty T-shirts.

But the story of the Harbaughs, like the stories of other football-coaching families—the Ryans, the Shanahans and even the Schottenheimers—points to a larger truth about this one unusual segment of sports. When if comes to being a football coach, nepotism seems to work.

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