Jim Harbaugh once punched Jim Kelly in the face

We all know that Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh is an intense individual, but we never thought of him as someone who would resort to violence. Unfortunately, Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star has shattered that illusion.

Glenesk was so kind to remind everyone this afternoon of the time that Harbaugh, as a 33-year-old quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts back in 1997, punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly in the face and broke his hand in doing so.

Kelly was a broadcaster at the time and had recently criticized Harbaugh’s toughness, and Harbaugh of course did not take kindly to that.

Harbaugh would end up missing a month of action and the Colts would finish the season 3-13, thus earning the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. The rest, as they say, is history, as Harbaugh was traded to the Baltimore Ravens and the Colts ended up drafting Peyton Manning.

That said, here’s hoping that Harbaugh has developed a cooler head away from the field and that he won’t end up going after journalists who question Michigan’s toughness or abilities should the Wolverines get off to a slow start in 2015.

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