How Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh Stays at the Top of His Game

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
Baltimore Ravens head coach John HarbaughSHAWN HUBBARD/BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has clinched a playoff berth in eight of his 12 seasons—and he’s not even the most competitive member of the family. — as told to Charles Thorp

My dad took a defensive coordinating job at Stanford in 1980, and I would go there after my summer job got out. I would play corner, trying to cover studs like Kenny Margerum while John Elway was throwing. I love training with the team to this day—I would say I’m even better than some of them at the bodyweight training. The strength coaches like to use it as a motivator for the players: “Head coach was able to do 12 rounds of this!”

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Keeping Up With the Mrs.

The greatest resource for staying healthy is my wife, Ingrid. She’s one of the fittest and toughest people I know. She studied physiology and, when our family works out together, she builds the routines. I can honestly say they’re some of the most challenging sessions I’ve ever done.

Head in the Game

I try to get 45 minutes of quiet to myself at the beginning of the day, studying scripture, reading, and writing. I jot down my frustrations of the week and think on them. It helps me tremendously, both mentally and spiritually.

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New Wheels

I’ve had several knee surgeries since high school. One year, I tore my knee coaching the punting team under Andy Reid, and I showed up for the game the very next day. Last year reached a critical mass. I couldn’t sleep, join the team for intervals, or run to the other side of the field to call a timeout. Getting the knee replacement has been a game changer. The rehab was hard, but I’m excited to be back on the field with my players. That’s where I belong.

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