Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Gift Helmet, Shoes to Pope Francis
Jim Harbaugh is the gift that keeps on giving.
No, literally. He’s giving out gifts, this time to Pope Francis.
Michigan’s currently on a trip to Italy, where they’ve enjoyed the sights and scenes that Rome and the rest of the country has to offer. On Wednesday, the Wolverines made a visit to Vatican City.
But the Wolverines didn’t come empty-handed. After Pope Francis made his weekly papal address, Harbaugh, his wife Sarah and the Michigan football team met Pope Francis and gifted him a collection of Michigan gear.
With a sizeable grin on his face, Harbaugh handed Pope Francis a winged Wolverine helmet and a pair of Michigan-themed Air Jordan Retros.
— Alan Holdren (@AlanHoldren) April 26, 2017
— Maurice Hurst Jr (@BigPappi73) April 26, 2017
The type of limited edition shoes that Harbaugh planned to give Pope. These are for arch bishop pic.twitter.com/pU3ZA7gsay
— Jeff Seidel (@seideljeff) April 26, 2017
I’m not sure you’ll ever see a photo of Pope Francis wearing those Michigan-themed Jordans, but maybe dress codes in Vatican City aren’t as strict for the pope as they used to be.
On another dress code related note, Harbaugh did wear his classic khakis, mixing in a white dress shirt, dark blue blazer and a blue tie.
Meeting Pope Francis and the entire trip to Italy holds significance for Harbaugh who, according to ESPN, has close ties to the European nation. Harbaugh’s grandfather, Joe Cipiti, left Italy and traversed across the world to the United States when he was a young child.
Of course, those close ties and familial significance don’t stop Twitter from making jokes about the trip.
Jim Harbaugh giving the Pope a Michigan helmet is perhaps the greatest troll of Notre Dame ever.
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) April 26, 2017
Has Brian Kelly gone to Vatican City and delivered a gold Irish helmet to Pope Francis? I doubt it.
All gifts and jokes aside, I don’t think Harbaugh has ever had a dull moment in his life. Harbaugh does everything, and he does it bigger and better.