Jim Harbaugh Recalls The Time Michael Jordan Called Him
Nike recently secured the branding rights to Michigan Athletics from Adidas for a whopping $169 million, reuniting the two after an eight-year separation. Jumpman -- Michael Jordan's wing of the apparel giant in case you've lived in a cave since 1985 -- will be dressing the Wolverines' football program starting next season, marking the first time they've ever done so in the sport.
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) August 13, 2015
According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Jordan landed the deal by contacting head coach Jim Harbaugh directly -- something that was confirmed at U of M's season-opening press conference Thursday afternoon. Harbaugh recounted their conversation in a way only he could, making sure to preface the story with a sincere explanation as to how mobile phones work (or don't) depending on cell service.
"I said, 'Who is this?'" Harbaugh said, nailing down what exactly happens during a the course of call. "He said, 'Michael Jordan.'"
"I said, 'C'mon, c'mon, who is this really?" he added, highlighting the well-known fact that he, meaning Jim Harbaugh, is terrible at communicating over the phone. (For future reference, Jim, you usually you just say "Hi, how are you?")
"He says, 'This is Michael Jordan,' and I said, 'The real Michael Jordan?' and he said, 'Ya,' so that's kinda, ya know."
Confirmed: Michael Jordan did call Jim Harbaugh to talk about Michigan going with the Jordan Brand. "It was awesome" http://t.co/yt9wA6BM4X
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