Michigan’s Football Team Heads To Rome

How a coach's dream for his players became a reality.

This article, written by Larry Lage from AP, appears on Fox Sports.

Addio! Michigan’s football team heads to Italy

Jim Harbaugh presented players on the University of Michigan football team with an opportunity, putting them a compelling essay away from being close enough to possibly shake the hand of Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Salim Makki and Grant Newsome were the chosen two.

Makki, Newsome and most of the Wolverines will travel to Rome this weekend for a unique, weeklong trip. Some players will stay on campus a little longer to take final spring exams before joining their teammates.

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.

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