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Jim Harbaugh Once Made A Cameo On ‘Saved By The Bell’; Impressed Mr. Belding With His Acting Skills


We’ve told you before about Jim Harbaugh’s cameo on Saved by the Bell. Well the Wall Street Journal has decided to ask some of the show’s staff about Harbaugh’s brief foray into the world of thespians. John may be the Super Bowl champion, but Jim will always be a member of the Screech family, which is obviously something much more valuable. From the Wall Street Journal:

Fresh from leading the Indianapolis Colts to the AFC title game as their starting quarterback, Harbaugh in 1996 made a cameo on “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” a Saturday morning sitcom geared to teenagers. As the 49ers piled up victories this season, winning the NFC Western Division and advancing to Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens—coached by Harbaugh’s brother John—online clips of Harbaugh’s five minutes of screen time on the show went viral, igniting fascination with a quirky pop-culture moment that had long been forgotten. “People have been tweeting me. ‘How was Jim Harbaugh? What was he like?’” said actor Dennis Haskins, who played the bumbling high school principal Mr. Belding on the show. “I thought he was really good.” … For his part, Harbaugh said he’s taken a good bit of ribbing from his family members, his friends and his players over his fleeting foray into show business. “They made quite a bit of sport of me,” he said. “I was going to deliver a positive message to the youth, and for that, I have been thoroughly humiliated.” Tolzien first saw the clip after Brian Jennings, the 49ers’ long-snapper, showed it to him in November, and soon enough, Tolzien said, “it started moving its way around the locker room.”