Jim Harbaugh Has Strong Ties to Indianapolis and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

Harbaugh was the first real Indianapolis hero.
Harbaugh was the first real Indianapolis hero.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

While many will be rooting for Ray Lewis to end his career on a high note in the Super Bowl, Indiana football fans will be pulling in a different direction.

As Marcus Dugan of Colts Authority points out, Jim Harbaugh is still well-loved in Indianapolis for his brief but dramatic tenure with the Colts.

As I mentioned in my book about Indianapolis Colts history, Harbaugh galvanized Indianapolis with his high-flying comebacks and infectious personality.

He was recognized with a spot in the Colts' Ring of Honor for his exploits.

He was only quarterback of the Colts for four years, and they never won more than nine games in any of them, but he came along at an important moment. His playoff run in 1995 was the first meaningful success for the franchise and helped win over fans to the relatively new-to-town team.

Harbaugh has remained popular in the area and many have followed his coaching career and noted the obvious connection between the once Captain Comeback and Andrew Luck.

While one Pro Bowl and a passer rating title is hardly the stuff of legend, it was more than enough to make him a permanent hero to Colts fans.


General Interest

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth has a brilliant piece on why he roots for Joe Flacco.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com has links to interviews by Maurice Jones Drew and Adam Vinatieri.


Houston Texans

Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle interviews Rich Eisen.


Indianapolis Colts

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports says Luck helped his old coach pick a quarterback.

Kuharsky of ESPN.com says Jim Caldwell might get a second chance.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star says the team intends to absorb a tax increase.


Tennessee Titans

Tom Gower of Total Titans reviews the Week 17 win.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean says Randy Moss has some complaints about his time in Nashville.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says Maurice Jones-Drew talked about his injury.

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country asks if Alex Smith would really be an upgrade over what the Jaguars have at quarterback.