Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh driven by his faith as he adjusts to life in quarantine

At first, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn’t think there was any way the NFL’s offseason schedule would be impacted by the coronavirus. As he started to realize the magnitude of what was happening, he shifted his focus to accepting the reality of the situation and trying to make the most of it.

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“We can’t control what, when, where; we can’t control any of that right now,” Harbaugh said in a recent interview with Athletes in Action. “But we can control what we do and how we respond, and I felt like we could make the most of this. We could maybe even create a competitive advantage to be honest with you.”

That attitude was on display Thursday night as the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft took place virtually. Baltimore took LSU linebacker Patrick Queen with the 28th overall pick. Queen joins a team coming off a 14-2 season, which led to Harbaugh being named NFL Coach of the Year.

The global pandemic has led Harbaugh to reflect and think about what the Lord is teaching him in this difficult time.

“I really feel like God is trying to get each of our attention, and I feel like He does it in an individual kind of a way just like He does everything,” he said.

During the interview, Harbaugh pointed to Philippians 4 and Joshua 1 as examples of Biblical principles he is trying to apply to his life right now. He also encouraged everyone to attack each day with “an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”

“It’s all God-willing,” the 2013 Super Bowl champion said. “It’s all according to God’s will, and He’ll take delight in our plans if we are fully immersed in His will for us.”

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