Seventeen years ago, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, when he was the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, made a cameo on “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” as Screech’s cousin.
Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech on the show at Bayside High School, will be rooting for Jim Harbaugh this Sunday.
“My advice to Jim Harbaugh is buddy, you got to remember your words when you played my cousin in ‘Saved by the Bell: The New Class.’ You got to remember that being a hero isn’t about being a hot shot, that brings trouble,” Diamond told Yahoo! Sports. “Being a hero is – well – forget about your everything else and it is all about your team. If you can help your team and see them focusing right – that’s when you’ll see the true heroics and see the win within your grasp.”
When Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin, he said in his scene, “People think I’m a hero because I can throw a football but I wouldn’t be anything without my teammates.” On the show, Harbaugh met Screech at “The Max,” the eatery where students from Bayside gathered.
Diamond is 36 years old now and was not a sports fan in 1996 when the scene was shot. He has “taken time over the past few years to learn more about football and the game itself, now saying that he can appreciate the sport and that he truly enjoys it.”