Jim Harbaugh. Football coach. Former quarterback. And now, on-the-record chicken avoider.
In a Bleacher Report interview with new University Of Michigan quarterback, Shea Patterson, interesting details emerged about his team’s head coach, Harbaugh. In a paragraph designed to “explain the Harbaugh Experience,” writer Matt Hayes relays a story from former Michigan and current UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight:
“Early in his Michigan tenure, Harbaugh pulled Speight aside and told him not to eat chicken, a protein that is considered fairly safe by nutritionists. When Speight asked why, Harbaugh said, “because it’s a nervous bird.”
“He thinks some type of sickness injected its way into the human population when people began eating white meats instead of beef and pork,” Speight says. “And he believes it, 100 percent.”
Sounds a bit, oh, let’s say paranoid. Harbaugh has had a lengthy head coaching career both in the NFL and at the college level, and is also a past Rose Bowl champion, Pro Bowl player, runner-up for the Heisman. Anything football-related, we’re willing to listen to what he has to say. But hopefully Michigan has a team nutritionist or dietician that’s in charge of the meal planning.