Jim Harbaugh has a busy weekend ahead of him.
Albeit busy, it'll likely the best most rewarding weekend of his life.
After finishing up Michigan's final practice in Rome on Saturday, Harbaugh will return to the Vatican on Sunday to see his newborn son, John Paul, be baptized and his daughter, Addison, to receive her first holy communion.
"To see my child be baptized at the Vatican, to see my son John Paul be baptized at the Vatican, to see my daughter Addison receive her first holy communion at the Vatican, to meet the holy father," Harbaugh said. "If I accomplish nothing more in my life, if I go right now, I'll be going out a blessed man."
While this experience in Rome has been fulfilling for the players, it's also been equally fulfilling for Harbaugh as well. The experiences the entire program faced during the week might ever be replicated again. Harbaugh is thankful to be able to experience what he saw this week and thankful his football team was there with him to enjoy every step along the way.
"This is as good as it gets," Harbaugh said. "This has been the experience of my lifetime. As good as it could possibly be. Better than I could've hoped for. Better than I could've expected, better than I could've hoped for and I hope for everybody involved, I thank Rick Schafer and Kate, all of our players who have been
Harbaugh gets to experience his final day in Italy with his entire family, who followed him throughout the program's journey in Italy. His wife, Sarah, also realizes the enormity of what's to come. After questioning whether she should bring her children on the long plane ride over, now it all makes sense. There's a purpose for everything.
The process wasn't easy, however, to be able to finalize plans in the Vatican. Despite all odds of it not working in their favor, the Harbaugh's found a way to get it done.
"We're going to do it at St. Anne's, which is a church in the Vatican," Harbaugh said. "It's going to be a mass, open to the public, but we're going to do John's first baptism and Addy's first communion. Just really excited to have that opportunity. Now I know why I brought the kids. I was wondering why did I bring the kids? (Laughter) Now I'm like, this is why. This is an experience of a lifetime. I always see the pictures of the people meeting the pope and I never thought I would be one of those people. Jim knew when we were coming here and I think he tweeted something like I would love to be able to get my son baptized in Rome and sure