Jim Harbaugh

Harbaugh gives pope a helmet, pair of Jordans

Jim Harbaugh stood near the steps of St. Peter's Basilica with a Michigan football helmet and a box of Wolverine-themed Jordan sneakers held high above his head.

Members of Michigan's 150-plus contingent all came on this unusual trip to Italy for a variety of reasons. For some, it was their first chance to leave the United States. Others had never been to Rome.

Harbaugh? He came for all the reasons one could dream up. But especially for this one. Inside Vatican City. Standing inches away from Pope Francis.

"If I accomplish nothing more in my life, if I go right now," Harbaugh said, "I'll be going out a blessed man."

Michigan's coach, flanked...