It was obvious who Cruz Garcia was rooting for, the Aiken resident was wearing his autographed Steve Young jersey, the familiar No. 8 of the former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Garcia was at the Aiken Brew Pub with his wife, Stacey, to watch Super Bowl XLVII.
“I’ve come here before, and it’s a great atmosphere,” said Garcia. “There’s a lot of good people here, and regardless of what team you’re rooting for, everyone teases each other. It’s all in good fun.”
Garcia has seen the 49ers in person on several occasions, in San Francisco and Denver, and he’s also a Seahawks fan, but when the 49ers dispatched Seattle in the playoffs, his allegiance remained with the NFC West.
One of the Super Bowl’s best storylines featured the Harbaugh brothers coaching against one another, Jim at the helm of the 49ers and John directing the fortune of the Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s history in the making,” said Myers Smith, a 49ers fan who enjoyed the game from the Cork & Bull Pub.
Michael Dernetz is from Maryland and was wearing his Joe Flacco jersey, attracting attention at the Cork & Bull Pub as the white No. 5 stood out prominently against the shirt’s purple background.
“We’re Ravens fans on that side of the family,” said Dernetz. “We used to have the Colts back in the ’70s. It’s exciting to have a team to root for. My wife is definitely not a Ravens fan. One of my kids likes the Patriots, and the other one doesn’t care. My mother-in-law is a Denver Broncos fan, but since none of their teams are in, they’re all rooting for the Ravens.”
Tony Williams was a fan of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, and remains a fan of the 49ers because of Randy Moss. Williams works at the Aiken Brew Pub and wanted to take in the game with his friends and co-workers.
“I’ve grown to like the team and its players,” Williams said.
Joe Horne was a fan of Joe Montana, and remains a loyal 49ers fan.
“I’ve been a fan of the 49ers for a long time,” he said.
Staff photo by Ben Baugh×
Staff photo by Ben Baugh Patrons at the Cork & Bull Pub, offer one another their opinion on who they favor in the Super Bowl, adding to the festive environment.×
Staff photo by Ben Baugh Michael Dernetz, in his Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco jersey, strategizes prior to the Super Bowl at the Cork & Bull Pub.×