‘The President’s Caddy’: Jim Harbaugh shares incredible story at Gerald R. Ford Museum

During a recent visit to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh told the story of a pretty cool experience with the former president.

You can read more about Ford’s history with Michigan and beyond below, via MGoBlue.com:

The 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford was born Leslie Lynch King on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents soon divorced, and then his mother moved to Grand Rapids and married a man named Gerald R. Ford. The son was officially adopted and renamed for his stepfather. Young Gerald was athletic, playing on Grand Rapids South High School’s football, basketball, and track and field teams.

At Michigan, Ford was a backup center behind All-American Charles Bernard on Michigan’s 1932 and 1933 national championship teams. In 1934, his senior season, Ford started at center for all of Michigan’s games and was named team MVP.

Ford graduated with a BA in 1935 and wanted to attend law school, but money was an issue. Ford took a job as an assistant football coach at Yale, attending law school in the offseason. After graduating in January 1941, Ford returned to Grand Rapids to practice law. His first job was short-lived, as World War II broke out and Ford entered the Navy. After serving in the Pacific and rising to the post of lieutenant commander, Ford returned to Michigan in 1946.

In 1948 Ford ran for Congress and was elected. He served 13 terms in the House of Representatives, rising to power to serve on the Warren Commission and becoming House Minority Leader in 1965. After Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford was invited by President Richard Nixon to serve in place of Agnew as Vice President. Ford accepted the job, rising to the post of president when Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. He moved quickly to stabilize a country rocked by political turmoil.

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  • 38th President of the United States, in office from 1974 to 1977
  • 40th Vice President of the United States, in office from 1973 to 1974
  • Recipient of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Gold Medal (1972)
  • NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award Recipient (1975)
  • NCAA Profession Award Recipient (1966)
  • Inducted into the Michigan State Sports Hall of Fame (1977)
  • Tuss McLaughry Award Recipient (1975)

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