Election day means different things to different people – even if you’re a member of the San Francisco 49ers, an organization with a lot on the line today. Specifically, a $937 million stadium that will require a debatable amount of public funding.
Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye showed up at the podium after practice with an “I VOTED” sticker affixed to his chest. And tackle Adam Snyder, one of a handful of 49ers players who actually live in Santa Clara, said that he had a meeting to attend over lunch, and would be heading to the polls immediately afterward.
But another Santa Clara resident, guard Chilo Rachal, seemed pretty uninterested in the whole Measure J debate.
“I haven’t really been paying attention to it,” Rachal admitted, sitting in front of his locker.
In fact, while Rachal would no doubt appreciate playing in a new stadium just down the block from his team’s offices, he wasn’t planning to lend his voice. Asked if he’d be voting, Rachal said: “Probably not. There are a lot of people in Santa Clara. I’ll probably let them decide it.”
Meanwhile, Jed York, on what undoubtedly will be a frenetic day for the 49ers’ president and CEO, is expected to address a Yes on J campaign gathering late tonight.