The two players were chosen by Harbaugh to shake the Pope's hand.
Harbaugh had the team write essays on why they should get to shake the Pope's hand.
The essays are included, and they're really impressive. Especially from Salim Makki, the Wayne State transfer from Dearborn.
There are practices planned at the home of soccer club AS Roma, but there is plenty of sightseeing, too, along with a meeting with refugees, including some who have fled Syria. And then there is the trip to the Vatican. While the entire team can look forward to a visit to St. Peter's Square, Harbaugh, his wife, Sarah, and two players are going to get a closer look at the pope.
In his essay, Makki, a defensive tackle who described himself as a devout Muslim, wrote that he grew up learning the importance of religions coexisting.
"His Holiness Pope Francis is sincerely one of my heroes," Makki wrote. "In a time where Muslims have been scrutinized and wrongly identified with violence, Pope Francis has defended Islam and stated that not all Muslims are violent."
In addition to that, the Pope will be presented with a customized Michigan helmet.
Notice the Cross on the side, the US & Italy flags on the back, the "266" decal (266th Pope) and the Francisco signature panel below the ear hole.
This is the coolest thing ever.
Also his daughter will have her first Holy Communion there, as well.
If I never do another thing, I'll go out a blessed man. Seeing Baby John Paul Baptized & Addie's 1st communion @SPC_VA will be the ultimate!— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 21, 2017
Please be respectful in this thread. This is our coach who coaches and mentors players of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Friend of a friend heard that team was meeting in A2 Saturday night for 20 year reunion.
Detroit schedule here and it looks rough on paper. I want to say all these teams have been in the playoffs the last 3 seasons or so except the Bears and obvisouly the Browns. Record predictions? I'll say they start the season 4-4 and finish 10-6 thanks to that three game stretch against Cleveland, Chicago and Minnesota.
2 MNF games (at Giants, at Packers)
1 SNF game (vs Steelers)
and the Thanksgiving game vs the Vikings again.
Has to be either High Point Solutions Stadium, Ross Ade Stadium, or Spartan Stadium. I couldn't find a bathroom to save my life in EL or Piscataway and Ross Ade is always 40 percent full when we play there. Memorial Stadium (Champaign) and Byrd Stadium are probably up there too.