He was drafted by the Bears out of the University of Michigan with the 26th pick in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft. From 1994 to 1997, Harbaugh quarterbacked the Indianapolis Colts, and in 1995, achieved career highs in completion percentage (63.7) and touchdown passes (17). While with the Colts, during the NFL playoffs, 1995-96 he led the team to the AFC Championship game and came within one dropped Hail Mary pass of taking the Colts to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970. In 1995, he was voted to the Pro Bowl, was named Comeback Player of the Year and AFC Player of the Year, and was runner-up in the NFL MVP voting. With the Colts, Harbaugh completed 746 of 1,230 passes for 8,705 yards and 49 touchdowns and won the NFL passer rating title in 1995 with a rating of 100.7. In January 2005, Harbaugh was inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor as one of the most successful and popular players in the club's Indianapolis era.
Off the field he is an active member in his community completing charity work with several charities and ventures for children in need including the Harbaugh Hill Foundation, Uhlich Children’s Home and the Children’s Miracle Network.
- An Afternoon/Evening with Jim Harbaugh