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Opinion: Jim Harbaugh should offer Tom Brady a spot on his staff

Jim Harbaugh should kick the tires on the NFL legend’s interest in coaching at Michigan.



Sep 17, 2016; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh laugh during warm ups prior to the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday, the most outstanding American team sport athlete of all time — Tom Brady — called it quits. After nearly two and a half decades in the National Football League, Brady decided that he had done enough.

As we all know, Tom Brady is a product of Michigan football, where he served as the Wolverines’ starting quarterback and team captain from 1998-99. Now, as the 45-year-old turns this significant page in his career, current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh should at least kick the tires on offering Brady a job.

Tom Brady at Michigan

Throughout Tom Brady’s five-year career in Ann Arbor, he blossomed into the legend that he proved to be at the next level. After being a part of Michigan’s 1997 National Championship-winning squad, Brady took over as the Wolverines’ starter in 1998.

Tom Brady led Michigan football to a 10-3 record (7-1 Big Ten) and a Big Ten title in his first year as a starter — the Wolverines also went on to win the Citrus Bowl and finish No. 12 in the nation’s final polls.

The year after — in Brady’s final season with the Wolverines — he took Michigan football to another phenomenal season. Michigan finished the 1999 season with a 10-2 record and ranked 5th in the nation’s final polls after a thrilling 1-point victory over then-No. 5 Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl.

Brady ended his Michigan career with a 20-5 (13-3 Big Ten) record, a Big Ten title, and a New Year’s Six win.

Michigan would be the perfect destination for Brady

Tom Brady is known globally as a “football guy.” What does this mean? We suspect it means that Brady won’t be able to stay away from the game — even after retirement. Brady just concluded an illustrious career — the greatest the sport has ever and likely will ever see. That being said, Brady’s career in football has likely not ended, just his playing days.

If all goes as many predict, Tom Brady will end up coaching somewhere at some point in his life — why not start his coaching days where he started his playing days?

At the very least, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh — who also began his career in Ann Arbor — should offer him a job. The Wolverines could use him as an analyst, QB coach, or passing game coordinator. If Brady wants a job, the Wolverines will have something he can do on Harbaugh’s staff.

Michigan football is coming off a massive couple of seasons; the Wolverines have now won back-to-back Big Ten titles, games against Ohio State, and finished top-3 in consecutive years. Additionally, Michigan was just a game away from a National title game berth in 2021 and 2022.

The Wolverines are hot right now, and adding Tom Brady would make Michigan’s brand even more prominent and more influential, especially regarding recruiting. At the very least, Jim Harbaugh should kick the tires on Tom Brady over the next few years.

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