As football-obsessed as he is, Jim Harbaugh has interests and passions beyond the gridiron, and he is speaking about one on Capitol Hill today.
The Michigan head coach is also on the leadership council of the Legal Services Corporation, and today he helped deliver the organization's report on inequity in the availability of legal services for low-income Americans, or what it calls "The Justice Gap."
Harbaugh could not totally leave football out of the equation, though.
The LSC presentation was streamed live online earlier today, and Harbaugh threw in plenty of references to the sport he loves.
From the Detroit Free-Press:
“Fairness on a football team is probably the thing you strive for the most. I treat everybody exactly the same but you want to be fair to everybody on the team. It would be like only giving 20% of the team a helmet. The rest of the team doesn’t get a helmet, you don’t get protection. Run out there and play in the game without a helmet and we’ll see what happens. Then they’ll start talking about this guy’s got a glass jaw, he’s hurt all the time. Well, you don’t have the protection. The 70, 60, 50% that don’t have legal protection. That’s why this new report is so important, it details many legal challenges that confront low-income Americans and how hard it is for them to get legal assistance.”
ESPN's Heather Dinich was on hand for Harbaugh's remarks as well.
However you feel about Harbaugh the coach or Michigan, it is hard to deny that it is pretty cool that he is this involved in an issue that impacts so many across the nation.