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Former Michigan all-American

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Jim Harbaugh is one of the
reatest quarterbacks ever to play at
Michigan. In his four years here
(1983-86), Harbaugh set the record
or most career passing yards
(5,449) which Elvis Grbac broke this
season. Harbaugh still holds the
tingle-season mark with 2,729
ards. He led the Wolverines to a
iesta Bowl triumph over Nebraska
In 1986, and a trip to the 1987 Rose
Bowl against Arizona State. Ile also
?earned all-American honors his se-
nior season.
The Chicago Bears made Har-
baugh their first-round pick in the
ยข1987 NFL Draft. Last year, in his
"second full season as a starter,
Harbaugh quarterbacked the Bears
to the playoffs. Daily Sports Writer
Chad Safran recently talked to Har-
Daily: You played for two of the
toughest coaches in football, Bo
Schembechler here at Michigan and
now Mike Ditka with the Chicago
Bears. Compare the two.
Harbaugh: They're both very
intense, we'll start there. They both
want to win like all coaches do. It's
hard to really compare them. Their
styles are pretty different. In terms
of coaching, I would say their per-
sonalities are quite different.
D: What is your greatest memory
of playing football at Michigan?
H: Probably just the friends that I
made, playing with them. Both the
coaches and players, running out of
the tunnel.
D: What is the experience of
running out of the tunnel, touching
the banner and seeing all the people
H: At first, it's really a big thrill,
especially the first couple of years
but then it just became a part of the
D: Why did you become a foot-
ball player?
H: A lot of reasons. I just liked
splaying football at recess and stuff. I
loved all the sports I played. I played
hockey and baseball but football was
.the one I was best at. It made me feel
D: Describe how the Bears' sea-
son has progressed so far.
H: It's been pretty up and down.
,You know, 4-4, and we have had
some great wins and some pretty
tragic defeats. We've had some bad
luck. Hopefully now, we can put the
first-half of the season behind us and
do some better things in the second
half of the season.
}D : "When you came out of
Michigan, you were a controversial
first-round selection. Then, you bat-
tled Mike Tomczak for the starting
;position for a couple' of seasons.
How difficult was it to be a backup?
H: I wanted to play. I mean, I
:just wanted to be out there on the
field. I missed the competition that
came with it. It was pretty much one

on his college days

year that he was in one game, then I
was. Since 1990, though, I've been
the starter.
As far as being a backup, you
learn the assignments and then you
just wait your turn to play. I always
felt if I worked hard I would get the
opportunity. It wasn't that tough.
D: How difficult is it to deal with
the Chicago media?
H: It is not that difficult. They're
just trying to do a job. When you
look at it, the media really plays an

the things we had to do to win, like
running the wishbone. We threw
quite a bit. I mean my senior year,
we threw for a couple thousand
yards. I got the opportunity to throw
so I don't feel shortchanged at all.
D: The Minnesota Vikings have
been the surprise of the NFC Central
Division. Are you shocked at all by
their success?
H: They have done very well.
There is no doubt about it. They
have been really well coached.

D: Do the players get more
pumped up being on national
H: I think so. Once you get in the
game, it doesn't matter whether you
are playing on Monday night or
Sunday or Thursday. You just go
and play the game. That's pretty
much what I've found my whole
career. Whether you are playing in
high school, college, or the pros,
once you get in there, you just start
D: What do the Bears have to do
to turn this season around and be-
come more consistent?
H: I think we have to take every
game as it comes. We have to dedi-
cate ourselves each and every week.
Cut down on some of the unlucky
things that have happened to us.
D: It seems that's what happened
on the play last Monday night that
(Minnesota's) Jack Del Rio returned
an interception for a touchdown.
H: What was unlucky about that
play was that I was throwing to Tom
Waddle (Chicago wide receiver),
who was coming across the middle
and the referee flattened him. That's
kind of an unlucky thing to have
happen. But, you've got to be able to
rebound from situations like that,
and we have not been able to. That's
the biggest key.
D: The Bear tradition is to run
the ball. This year though it has
stalled and you have been forced to
pass a lot more. What has happened?
H: There is no doubt about it; our
running game is not the same that it
used to be. We're rebuilding our of-
fensive line and that's what is going
to happen.
D: (Bears' linebacker) Mike
Singletary has announced that he
will retire at the conclusion of this
season. How will his absence affect
the team?
H: It is hard to say. I mean he is
definitely the leader of the team but
you don't know how it is going to
affect the team. We went through the
same thing a couple of years ago
when Dan Hampton retired. Now
they are wondering what is going to
happen when Singletary retires.
When someone leaves, like what
happens on every team, someone
must step up. Look at Michigan,
Alexander stepped in and filled Des-
mond's shoes. Now, someone's
going to have to fill in Singletary's

The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 9, 1992 - Page 3
John Niyo
Who can knock
off the Bulls?
It would be easy to just say Chicago. It would be easy to say three-
peat. If you follow conventional wisdom, you can't really pick anyone
but the Bulls.
But here it goes (in order of predicted finish):
Phoenix made the biggest move in the offseason and will likely
reap the biggest benefit. Charles Barkley, the fiercest player in the
league, now suits up in a Suns uniform. He has always wanted to win.
Now he finally has the chance.
As long as Kevin Johnson can get healthy sometime - anytime -
before May, they will be the team to heat in the West. Danny Ainge is
another perfect addition to a talented team.
Ainge's old team, though, decided Rod Strickland could solve
some problems. Strickland is not the answer to any team's problems.
When a team is as close as Portland was to winning it all, they
need to make sensible offseason moves. And with Clyde Drexler
ailing and Kevin Duckworth still fat and soft, letting Ainge go and
picking up Strickland is not sensible. Portland is likely on the way
down in the Pacific Division.
Seattle is headed the other way, with Shawn Kemp and Derrick
McKey leading the way. But the team is still a bit unstable with
George Karl and Benoit Benjamin playing mind games.
When will Golden State find a center? That seems to be all they
need. Billy Owens is ready to emerge as an all-star, but will be
counted on to rebound and do all the things a center should do.
The Los Angeles Lakers arc obviously hurt by the second
retirement of Magic Johnson, but they are healthy again - something
they certainly weren't last year. You could do worse than a James
Worthy-Sam Perkins-A.C. Green front line. A lot worse. And
Anthony Peeler will impress immediately.
The Los Angeles Clippers traded away Charles Smith. They
shouldn't have. They may have stalled their rise to the top
Utah made a good move in acquiring Jay Humphries from
Milwaukee. John Stockton can now rest every once in a while without
watching the team disintegrate. Karl Malone, now that worries about
AIDS are appeased, can go back to scoring at will. And David Benoit
is the best player that nobody has heard of.
One question for Houston fans? Who was the genius who cane up
with this strategy? Let 's piss off Hakeeni O ajuwon until he refuses to
playfor us. Probably the same guy who blurted out Dave Jamnerson's
name at the 1991 draft. But this team is still talented and in the
league's weakest division.
San Antonio needs to get healthy. Until then, it is hard to say what
will happen. Except that Tarkanian will keep everyone playing hard.
Minnesota may finally be headed in the right direction for good.
Laettner is already proving himself, and the addition of Chuck Person
and Michael Williams will at least make things somewhat exciting.
Denver has too many new faces to do anything yet. Good faces,
but new faces.
Dallas coach Richie Adubato may have said it best.
"We're going to be like an expansion team," he said. Amen.
The knock on New York is that they made too many moves in the
offseason. Too many good moves has rarely, if ever, hurt a team. They
gave up Gerald Wilkins and Xavier McDaniel. They got Charles
Smith, Rolando Blackman, Doc Rivers, Bo Kimble and Hubert Davis
(in the draft).
And they have the best coach in the NBA.
Miami has the talent to win a lot of games. But the expectations
have risen along with the win totals. Glen Rice plays every game now
See NIYO, Page 8

important part in the NFL's popular-
ity and sports in America. They get
the fans out and ultimately they're
the ones who pay our salaries. It
benefits us all.
D: What about the fans in
Chicago? How tough are they on
H: They're like most fans in the
NFL. Put it this way, you've got a
lot more friends when you are win-
ning than when you are losing.
D: Now at Michigan with Gary
Moeller at the helm, the Wolverines
have opened up their offense, more
passing, using the no-huddle. How
do you think you would have fared
in this situation?
H: Good. I think I would have
faired good. I think I would have
Loved to play in that situation.
D: Does it make you jealous
looking at it?
H: Jealous? Sure. I mean I would
have loved to throw the ball to guys
like they have now, receivers like
Desmond Howard and Derrick Alex-
ander. I would have loved it, but the
main thing is to win. At the time
when I played there, we did some of

FLL Ei ,O TulDily
They've turned their program around
there. It's only one half of the sea-
son, so a lot of things can happen in
the second half of the season.
They've gotten a lot of breaks to go
their way. You never know what the
second half holds.
D: What is it like playing on
Monday Night Football compared
with the normal Sunday game? Is
there a different atmosphere out
H: I think so. You think about it
a little bit. I think a lot of people that
don't normally watch football, watch
playoff games and they watch Mon-
day Night Football. You appeal to a
wider audience. That's kind of neat.

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