Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything we have and are thankful for.
To most sports fans, Thanksgiving also means turning on the television and watching football. Growing up in a sports-centric family, I can certainly relate to both.
With the holiday upon us and San Francisco on a two-game win streak, what better time to reflect on what we are thankful for regarding the 49ers?
I’m thankful for having had the opportunity to be there for the time San Francisco was the football version of Camelot.
My first trip to Candlestick Park came in 1980 to watch the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints. The 49ers trailed New Orleans 35-7 at halftime, however a second-year quarterback named Joe Montana would lead them to a 38-35 overtime victory. This comeback win set the stage for what was to come.
I practically grew up at “The Stick”. From 1985-2003, my brother and I sat in lower reserve section 2 underneath the overhang of the second deck and witnessed one of the greatest runs in NFL history.
Jerry Rice breaking the NFL record for touchdowns in front of us in the South endzone. Steve Young scoring the final touchdown of the 1995 NFC Championship game against Dallas. Jerry Rice taking a short pass from Joe Montana 72-yards for a touchdown early in a 1989 NFC Divisional playoff game followed later in the same game by a 58-yard touchdown by Ronnie Lott on an interception return.
This week the 49ers face Minnesota, a terrific opponent considering the battles these teams had from 1987-1990.
After Minnesota upset a heavily favored 49ers team in the divisional round of the 1987 playoffs, San Francisco would take care of business in the 1988 regular season rematch thanks to the amazing run from Steve Young through the Vikings defense. The 49ers would then blow Minnesota out in the divisional round of the playoffs in January and follow that up with another blow out in the same round during the next postseason.
I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to cover the team that I grew up following. There is not a day that goes by in which I don’t remember how fortunate I am.
Finally, I am thankful for all of you who take the time to follow the 49ers blog here at the Press Democrat on a regular basis. I appreciate every one of you.
Enough about me. Let’s hear one thing about the 49ers that you are thankful for.