Jim Harbaugh on meeting Screech: ‘Everything’s been downhill since then’

Following the unearthing of what’s sure to go down as a legendary cameo of him on “Saved by the Bell,” Jim Harbaugh finally talked about it with the media Wednesday.

The 49ers coach admitted that the emergence of the video has led to some playful ribbing from his wife and some of the players.

Harbaugh also joked that Screech has had a negative impact on his career since then. But if I could channel Dustin Diamond now he’s probably thinking, “Hey, Harbaugh. At least you have a career.”

Via Kevin Lynch, here’s a full transcript of Harbaugh’s Saved by the Bell chat with the press:

You’re probably tired of answering this question, but how did you get your hair so perfect on the Saved by the Bell episode?

“A lot of people have been mentioning that lately. Don’t know why that’s become so popular. My wife told me about it and a few of the players did, so they’re making quite a bit of sport out of me over that.”

Can you finish the line? “People think I’m a hero…” Can you finish it?


“But I wouldn’t be anything without my teammates.”

“That’s right.”

Did you write that yourself?


But you can apply it.

“It’s good, yes. Spot on, spot on dialogue.”

Did you do any other TV shows during your NFL career?

“I did The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.”

Any video of that?

“Is there video on that? I don’t know. I don’t know if there is.”

Was Terry Bradshaw in that?

“He was, Terry Bradshaw was in that. My brief acting career. It’s all been downhill since then.”

Do you remember – was it nerve-racking to go through that process?

“No, it was fun. Meet some new people and see how they do things.”

Got to meet Screech.

“Screech, yeah absolutely. It’s a highlight. Everything’s been downhill since then.”

Did you recall that you shook his hand really hard and slapped him on the back?

“Did I really? It just shows you, it’s just how you do it, you know.”

History has a way of repeating itself.

“There’s the evidence, it was just a normal handshake.

In related news, here’s Niners o-lineman Joe Staley learning what the word “thespian” means:

H/T The Big Lead

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