Amy (Feuerborn) Cain sat in the frigid stands at Arrowhead Stadium in 1995 and watched the underdog Indianapolis Colts edge her Kansas City Chiefs 10-7 in a game most fans remember for Lin Elliott's three missed field goals.
“I was there with my sister Sarah,” said Cain, who is now the wife of Blue Springs South High School boys basketball coach Jimmy Cain, “and all we talked about was the Chiefs kicker missing all those field goals.
“We could have never imagined that about 10 years later, Sarah would marry the Colts quarterback. It's crazy.”
The Colts quarterback she was referring to is Jim Harbaugh, who is now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who will play against his brother John’s Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
Amy, who is seven months pregnant with the Cains’ first child, flew to New Orleans earlier this week to help Sarah with her three children Addison, 4, Katherine, 2, and Jack, who was born in September.
“I want to try and take a little pressure off Sarah,” said Amy, the youngest of 11 Feuerborn children. “I just can't imagine what she and Jim are going through – his first Super Bowl, it's against his brother John, and all our family is coming down. It's going to be quite a weekend.”
Jimmy Cain won't be able to leave for New Orleans until Saturday, as he had to remain at school to coach his Jaguars, the fourth-ranked team in Class 5, in Friday’s game at Lee’s Summit (see page B1 for story).
“Jim is such a great guy and his entire family is great,” Jimmy Cain said. “He won the 101 Banquet NFC Coach of the Year Award last year and came to Kansas City. We were playing Lee's Summit West in the state quarterfinals and he came to our game at the Events Center and changed into his tux in a bathroom at the Events Center and went downtown to get his award.
“He's an intense guy – no matter what he's doing. But if he's not involved with a sporting activity, and I mean football, cards, ping pong, a pick-up game of basketball – you'll never meet a nicer, more laid back guy.”
Amy's sister Sarah met Harbaugh in a scenario straight out of a Hollywood script.
“Sarah was working in real estate in Las Vegas and went to PF Chang's for some takeout,” Amy said. “Jim was coaching at San Diego State and was there for some kind of all-star game.
“He saw her and started up a conversation and the rest is history.”
Sarah had no idea who Harbaugh was when she met him and she didn't even recall his heroics in the victory over the Chiefs.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’m the sports fan,” Amy said, laughing. “All she knew was the Chiefs lost.”
Jimmy recalls when Sarah called the family to tell them she and Harbaugh were getting serious.
“He wasn’t one of my favorites,” Jimmy joked. “All I remember was that was the year the Chiefs were supposed to go to the Super Bowl and this guy named Harbaugh comes in here with the Colts and beats us.”
Now, he has a different view of the man many consider to be the best young coach in the NFL.
“He's humble, modest, a wonderful guy,” Jimmy Cain said. “We're so lucky to have him as a part of our family.”