Spending The 4th of July With John Harbaugh ….

July 04, 2009 |

If you’re looking for a heartwarming 4th of July story, just monitor the reports of John Harbaugh’s “Summer of 2009” Tour. As the Ravens’ head coach is joined by fellow and former NFL peers, he’s not making his way between beach resorts or through the heartland of the USA.

Oh, he’s got as much sand as Ocean City. But, he’s 6,211 miles and a half-world away.

And, while he’s a long ride from M&T Bank Stadium, he’s on a mission to carry some very deserving men and women a little piece of home. John Harbaugh is spending this Independence Day doing a very selfless thing.

However, this story isn’t really about him ….. or Jon Gruden, Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher or Bill Cowher. While all five gentlemen are committing their holiday to providing some fellowship for the deserving, it’s the least anyone can do.

And, they know it.

This blog is really about our American HEROES serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the entire world. And, while being away from home during the 4th of July is probably not as heart wrenching as missing a Christmas or birthdays and anniversaries, it’s still a commitment many of us cannot imagine.

For those who have experienced such a hardship; THANK YOU.

Over the next few days, I’ll be monitoring the daily recaps of Coach Harbaugh’s visit with our troops. It feels so good to look at today’s edition of The Sun, and see a smiling, jubilant Harbaugh, sharing an embrace with Army Specialist Joshua Hewitt, of Baltimore.

I’m encouraging everyone to keep tabs on the good coach’s visit to the Middle East. It’s interesting and fitting – especially for the time of year. I’m happy with the commitments of John Harbaugh and the other NFL alumni. But, I’m truly grateful for the service of our American military.

Heck, I can’t think of another time when I was happy with Bill Cowher …..

Indeed, some things are more important than beating the Steelers. And, this is one of ‘em.

Thanks to HEROES – Happy 4th of July.