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Jim Harbaugh honors Michigan fan, 13, who died at football practice

Jim Harbaugh posted a touching tweet this week honoring the memory of Skylar Lansby, a 13-year-old Michigan Wolverines fan who tragically died during a football practice last month, but that was not all the head coach did.

Lansby collapsed and died on Aug. 28 after suffering cardiac arrest at a Saranac Jr./Sr. High School (Mich.) football practice. Harbaugh took to Twitter on Wednesday to send “condolences and prayers” to the entire Lansby family.

As noted, Harbaugh’s thoughtful words were not the only thing the Wolverines head coach did in an effort to help in some small way to ease the family’s grief and lend them the entire Michigan football program’s support.

Harbaugh signed a football — which also included a note from the coach and the entire 2019 Michigan team — and arranged for a customized No. 2 Wolverines jersey to be made for Skylar. The gifts were personally presented to the Lansby family by Jack Harbaugh, Jim’s father, at a memorial service on Wednesday evening.

Skylar’s father shared with MLive Media Group how much the gesture meant to their family.

“Jim wished us well from not only him but the whole team,” said Scott Lasby, Skylar’s father. “It was totally unbelievable. (Jack Harbaugh) came out during the ceremony and handed me the football and the jersey to my wife. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the building.”

After the service, the elder Harbaugh spoke with football players from the school district.

“After the service Jack talked with the football players from youth all the way up to varsity with a personal message from Jim,” according to a Facebook post shared by the Saranac football account. “Cannot get any classier than that … what an inspiration to all of those boys.”

The Saranac JV/Varsity Football’s official Facebook page also shared a note of gratitude to the Harbaugh family.

Jack Harbaugh declined to be interviewed by MLive, saying he would prefer “that the focus be on the family and their son Skylar.”