By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
BELTON, MO (KCTV/CNN) -
It's an "epic" first, ushering in "one of the most incredible sports stories" of our time. The result of a storied brotherly rivalry.
Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, some sports columnists and football aficionados are having a field day with the "Harbowl."
John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will face off against his 15-months-younger brother Jim, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Some football fans are complaining that the storyline is overhyped. And the brothers themselves reject it, emphasizing their bond.
Still, the super siblings will make history when their teams duke it out this weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The second chapter of this family affair is right in the metro. Jim Harbaugh met his wife, Sarah, a Belton native, in Las Vegas of all places. She was selling real estate and he was in town for a coach's convention.
She is already in New Orleans, but some of her brothers and sisters won't make the trip until this weekend.
Her family says he used his now legendary persistence to turn a chance meeting into an eight-year marriage.
"When he first started talking to her she wouldn't talk to him. He chased her and chased her. Sarah says to this day if he hadn't done that this wouldn't be here," said Marty Feuerborn, Sarah Harbaugh's brother.
Feuerborn admits he gave his brother-in-law, the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, a chilly reception at first.
"We sat at Arrowhead Stadium in 10-degree temperature when he beat us in 1996. You're talking about a lot of brothers that didn't like him very much," Feuerborn said.
But the family has grown close to him ever since.
Jim Harbaugh has developed a unique reputation during his time in the NFL, thanks in large part to quirky press conferences.
But his wife's sister says when the cameras are off he is all about family and making sure the girl from Belton isn't too overwhelmed by the national spotlight.
"I think she's doing pretty good. She's doing as best she can. I don't think she ever dreamed she'd be in this position," Anna Beckwith said.
Feuerborn co-owns a Belton bar, where no doubt there will be a ton of 49ers fans rooting on the team come Super Bowl Sunday.
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