Jim Harbaugh Absent From Fox Postgame Interview For Second Straight Year
By: The Football Girl | Posted: January 20, 2013
After last year’s NFC Championship game 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh refused to do the standard postgame interview with Fox. It wasn’t the most professional move, but an understandable one considering the heartbreaking fashion in which the 49ers lost that game.
Fast forward one year later. Today. The 49ers win and the stage was set for Terry Bradshaw’s live presentation of the NFC Championship’s George Halas Trophy. Crowding the stage were a plethora of 49ers players, current team CEO and President Jed York and in a surprise, Yorks’ uncle, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. But in an even bigger surprise Harbaugh was nowhere to be found.
York described it as humility. It may very well have been. Harbaugh has created a culture in San Francisco that emphasizes team team team. (In fact, when I visited 49ers training camp back in August, their P.R. director Bob Lange told me how Harbaugh instructed his players to use every media interview as an opportunity to compliment at least one teammate.)
But Harbaugh’s absence may have been in response to the backlash he received for not talking to Fox last year. And now there will be even more after Terry Bradshaw was embarrassed in his quest for the coach. Let’s face it, Harbaugh does not like doing interviews, and he doesn't really care what people think about it.
However, I thought maybe Harbaugh would make an exception for Bradshaw given that the two “co-starred” in this a 1994 episode of “The Adventures of Brisco County.”