Presidents and football coaches often get along because they have such personal experiences with victory and defeat.
When President Obama called Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh this week, he lauded him for winning the Super Bowl after the a “bumpy season” that had included three straight defeats.
Harbaugh told Obama that life’s greatest accomplishments can come after “the greatest tribulations and adversity,” and he told the president: “I know you know this as much as anybody.”
Obama joked to Harbaugh: “You know, you and me, we should try some try some time to do some things easy and smooth … I’d like to know what it feels like; it’s never happened to me.”
Obama also spoke with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, and the two reminisced about Newsome’s playing days with the University of Alabama and the Cleveland Browns in the 1970s and ’80s.
h/t USA Today