Harbaugh: 'Tom has a good arm'

Tom Brady gave Michigan a pregame speech and, of course, played casual catch with U-M coach Jim Harbaugh.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In case you didn’t know, former Michigan great and current New England All Pro quarterback Tom Brady was U-M’s honorary captain against Colorado on Saturday.

Brady, who played at U-M from 1995-99, is currently serving a suspension through New England’s first four games for conspiring to deflating footballs. So he has some free time in his hands, and made his way to his former stomping grounds for U-M’s 45-28 win against the Buffalos. 

But pregame, however, was the real show, when Brady and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh casually played catch midfield for roughly 10 minutes, as both former U-M quarterbacks look like they were in midseason form. After catch, Brady and Harbaugh posed for pictures, then four-time Super Bowl champion went inside the locker room to give his former college team a speech to remember, says Harbaugh.

“Two great thrills, I look back at my career of playing catch with different people, that was right there with my dad,” Harbaugh said.

“And his pregame talk was outstanding,” Harbaugh said of Brady. “It was very good, very from the heart. WE went through each position and told them what they were expected to play like, the guys who worn that uniform and played that position before at the highest level – it was great.”

Harbaugh quickly went back to his throwing sesison with Brady.

“Tom’s got a good arm by the way,” Harbaugh pointed out. “He can rip it. He can throw it well. I wish I wouldn’t of given him the wind. Big thrill.”

Was it a competition a reporter asked? “Well, of course,” Harbaugh laughed.

“’Hey, let’s play a little catch Tom (winking in a joking manor),'" Harbaugh said, adding: “He throws a good ball. That ball almost catches itself by the way he throws it. It’s one heck of a ball he throws.”


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