Hunter Johnson transferred to Northwestern
3. Harbaugh made a “funny” first impression.
Johnson met Harbaugh outside his office.
“I honestly didn’t recognize him at first because he kind of looked like he just rolled out of bed,” Johnson said. “His hair was all over the place. He said, ‘Hold on, let me get fired up real quick.’ He went back and put his khakis and hat on.”
Harbaugh showed Johnson items, including a rocking chair, from the coach’s favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel. (“You cannot beat the bacon,” Harbaugh told the San Jose Mercury News.)
Later they went out for pizza, and when the hostess was slow to find a table, Harbaugh took over.
“He was getting a little impatient, so he said, ‘I’m going to get this straightened out,’ ” Johnson recalled. “He went in the back and we got on the patio. The pizza took forever to get there, so he was getting even more frustrated. It was funny.”