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Hiking Camelback Mountain With John Harbaugh by Baltimore Ravens
Last week, I asked Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh if he’d hike Camelback Mountain with me while we were both at the NFL’s league meetings in Phoenix. Harbaugh quickly got back to me: “I’d love to!” Seriously, how cool is that? It’s the league meetings at the lavish Arizona Biltmore Hotel, where the who’s who of the NFL rub elbows and squeeze meetings between rounds of golf and expensive meals. Meanwhile, my days are spent literally rubbing elbows with other reporters crammed into a makeshift media workroom, writing up the latest news nuggets gleaned from these NFL power brokers. In there, you better pounce on the complimentary mini sandwiches quick or you may miss lunch. Point is, Harbaugh could be doing any number of things other than hiking with me. But John Harbaugh is a people person, and it’s part of what makes him a great coach. Considering we've worked together for nine years, I've known this about him for a long time. But this hike underscored that point. A couple of hours after Harbaugh wrapped up his breakfast with reporters Tuesday, he changed into sneakers and we took off.