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49ers ‘Tremendous fan’ of 70 years sticks along with his group, awaits Tremendous Bowl Sunday

49ers ‘Superfan’ of 70 years stays with his team

With the 49ers heading to the Super Bowl, it’s not hard to find fans who jumped on the bandwagon. It’s a little harder to find someone who’s been on the team for 70 years. Martin Jacobs is that rare fan.

With the 49ers heading to the Super Bowl, it’s not hard to find fans who jumped on the bandwagon. It’s a little harder to find someone who’s been on the team for 70 years.

Since their first season in 1946, the team has called home three stadiums. It’s hard to find a fan who is equally passionate and knowledgeable about their years at Kezar Stadium, Candlestick Park, and Levi’s Stadium.

Martin Jacobs is that rare person. He is from San Francisco and was taken to his first game by his father when he was nine in 1952. One player caught Jacobs’ eye.

“I didn’t know a forward pass from one side. [My dad] gave me his binoculars. He says, “Marty, I want you to look at this replay. His name is Hugh McElhaney. “Well, from the moment I looked through the binoculars and saw McElhaney making a sweep – his first carry he ran 40 yards for a touchdown. His straight arm, his hip movement, his high kicking, his shifting. I said it was amazing. Tacklers missed him left and right. ”

From that day on, Jacobs was addicted. The 49ers became the motivation for the direction that Jacobs would immediately take with his life.

He said he got a job at Kezar Stadium, where he was a salesman for 15 years. He also had an uncle in Kezar who looked away when his nephew walked onto the field in the final minutes of the game.

“I need to talk to players. I took jerseys, bloody towels, water bottles, whiskey bottles, mouthpieces, and medical supplies that were left behind at half time. I started collecting. ”

Jacobs saw the final glory days in Kezar: the 49ers’ first NFC West championship and the first of their three losses to the Dallas Cowboys, which ended San Francisco’s Super Bowl hosts. He was even one of the ardent fans at Candlestick Park who had a lifetime of justification when Dwight Clark made ‘The Catch’.

“I rarely ask favors of God. I said, ‘God, I never ask favors, but could you just let us score this time and beat Dallas?’ And when he made the catch, God came through. We made it. We made it. ”

“I rarely ask favors of God. I said, ‘God, I never ask favors, but could you just let us score this time and beat Dallas?’ And when he made the catch, God came through. We made it. We made it. ”

In the 80s, Jacobs continued to follow his 49er passion. He opened retail stores, sold and made 49er artifacts. He says he wrapped queues around the block in his Serramonte shop with people waiting to buy hats, jerseys and t-shirts. He was pretty busy printing them himself.

He eventually closed his stores, but has since written books on the 49s and is still in the buying and selling business.

His analysis of Super Bowl 54 is pretty straightforward: “I expect us to win and I expect it to be a close game.”

You guessed where he’ll be on Super Bowl Sunday, right on the sofa in front of the TV.

Jacobs has made it his business to turn your passion into your profession and never have the feeling that you are actually working. From the age of nine until today, his beloved 49ers have been part of his life. He’s hoping for a new chapter on Super Bowl Sunday.

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