What Made Me a 49ers Fan

Brett SkinnerContributor IMay 11, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: A general view of the fans on Fan Appreciation Day during the fourth quater of the San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Bills game at Monster Park on December 26, 2004 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

All I can remember growing up is watching sports, specifically the San Francisco 49ers.

Everyone in my family is a fan, and we've had season tickets for about 50 years. You can say that I was born a 49ers fan.

I also live in the Bay Area, so the 49ers are close to me. For as long as I can remember, I have been going to their home games.

I remember when Garrison Hearst ran the ball 96 yards in overtime to beat the Jets. I was there when Terrell Owens caught the pass from Steve young in the playoffs to beat the hated Packers. I was there when the 49ers came back from 24 points down to beat the Giants in the playoffs. I also still remember when Joe Montana’s number was retired at halftime during a Monday night game against the Broncos.

All these special games and 49er moments, along with the great players and tradition, and five Super Bowl rings, make me proud to be among the Niner Faithful.