Harbaugh recalls Belichick call

December, 14, 2012
12/14/12
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Earlier Friday, Bill Belichick shared a story about a chat he had with Jim Harbaugh when Harbaugh was coaching at Stanford, and how it included the late, great Bill Walsh.

Belichick's remarks came after he was asked about any connections he's had with Harbaugh over the years.

Later in the day Friday, Harbaugh shared his recollection of the exchange.

"We were in Bill Walsh’s office and Bill Belichick had called Bill Walsh and they were talking for probably 10 or 15 or 20 minutes and I was just kind of sitting there, like I used to do. I would just sit in Coach Walsh’s office and try to pick things up. And then he handed the phone to me and said to talk to Coach Belichick," Harbaugh recalled.

"And yeah, I remember it very well. Very distinctly, him wishing us luck at Stanford and talking about how important it was ... how much he wanted to see Stanford get back on top with football. And how important he thought that was for college football, for institutions like Stanford, and the Naval Academy and the Academies to be competitive in football. Talked a little bit about his family and my family. It was a very, very good conversation."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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