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ET)The first-year head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Jim Harbaugh will be honored with a plaque at the Vikings stadium on Sunday, Nov. 17.
The NFL announced on Monday that Harbaugh will receive the Bob Murphy Award for Outstanding Player and Outstanding Coach, which recognizes the best and most outstanding football player and coach from each conference.
The Bob Murphy Trophy is presented annually to the NFL’s Most Outstanding Manager.
It is given annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the development of the league’s players.
In a letter to his fans, Harbaugh thanked the NFL for recognizing his leadership, the work he did on the field and the community.
“You are the reason I’m here,” he said.
“Your support is the reason why I’m still here.
I appreciate you all so much.
I know it’s a hard thing to say, but you’ve been there for me every step of the way.”
Jim Harbaugh’s career was a roller coaster, with multiple suspensions and multiple head injuries, including his most recent injury in 2016.
He spent a few years in rehab.
He also lost his father, and later his mother, to cancer.
In 2018, Harbaugh’s contract was terminated, but his name was reinstated and he was a free agent following the season.
After his first two seasons as the Vikings head coach, he was fired in February 2019 after a year in charge.
He had one year left on his contract, and the Vikings went to the Super Bowl.
He was fired on March 16.
Harbaugh returned to the Vikings as a special assistant to defensive coordinator George Edwards, but was fired after the season due to his inability to coach.
He returned to his home of Detroit for a one-year stint in 2018, before signing a new contract with the Vikings in 2019.
He coached the Lions for two seasons before being fired in 2019 after two seasons.
He joined the San Francisco 49ers as their defensive coordinator in 2018.
He was hired by the 49ers in December 2019 as their head coach.
In November 2020, he had his contract terminated, and he had been with the 49er organization since 2011.
He retired as the head coach at the end of the 2017 season, and was the offensive coordinator at the beginning of the 2018 season.