The 49ers have had quite a successful year, going to the Super Bowl for the first time after beating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. Since then, San Francisco has continued their winning ways with victories over both of these teams (Atlanta and Baltimore). Without further ado, here are ten secrets about the team that won’t tell you things you already know.
1. Their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, once threw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. At this point in time he was an NFL quarterback for the Chicago Bears and embarrassed himself by throwing what many are calling one of the worst pitches of all time.
2. The team’s most famous fan is arguably Stephen Colbert . He has been seen donning team gear multiple times on his popular Comedy Central show The Colbert Report.
3. Their main rival are the Seattle Seahawks, who have never beaten them despite being in the same division for many years. They play each other twice every year and are always exciting matchups that have an effect on which team makes it to the playoffs.
4. Their offense is so good that it is also known as the “pistol offense.” It was invented by their current offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. The pistol offense has been around for a while but it is now being used by more and more teams with increasing success.
5. Their quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s brother Kyle once signed with the University of Toledo to play football. He had good success there before transferring to the University of Illinois where his playing career was cut short by an injury.
6. Their head coach also has a brother who is an actor named John . He played Jared on Friday Night Lights and has had many other guest appearances on TV shows such as The Office and Criminal Minds.
7. In 2012, San Francisco was named the number one city in North America for women . This title is apparently well deserved, as many of the female employees of the 49ers have been featured in magazines such as Maxim and FHM.
8. One of their offensive lineman Mike Iupati was a former winner of the Mr. Universe pageant . He also competed at the Olympics for his native country (American Samoa).
9. Their tight end Vernon Davis is known for his touchdowns, but he is also known as an exceptional blocker. His personality has been described as “fiery” and intense by many people who know him well.
10. The team’s defensive end Aldon Smith was caught with an illegally purchased and unregistered weapon at the Los Angeles Airport in 2011. He is currently under investigation for a separate incident involving a “drunken rampage” that occurred after his house party.
The 49ers had a record year, making it to the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens where they won 34-31. They have a talented coach and a well-rounded team composed of players who have been playing together for a long time. It will be interesting to see how they do next year, after taking some time off from all their hard work.