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Jed York and the 49ers ownership group is taking the franchise’s entire staff to Miami

York estimated the total will be over 1,500 people

NFL: JAN 19 NFC Championship - Packers at 49ers Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Friday, the key point for the Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch regime, the franchise’s Andy Dufresne journey, and important it is for everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl. York spoke for about 20 minutes, which is about double the time the coaches and players usually speak for. Nothing like a Shawshank Redemption reference, but it was fitting considering what the 49ers organization has gone through the past few seasons.

“I made an Andy Dufresne reference earlier: everybody wants to get to that beach at the end,” York said. “No one wants to go through what he went through to get to the beach. And we had to get through that.”

Only the Cleveland Brown suffered more in the past four years than 49ers fans as far as wins and losses go. If you missed it, earlier this week they reminded us.

As the 49ers prepare for what will be the team’s first Super Bowl victory in a quarter-century, York was adamant about wanting the people that struggled over the past few seasons will be in-person to watch the big game. So York and the Niners are taking the franchise’s entire staff when the team leaves for Miami. He wouldn’t say the exact total, but his estimate was over 1,500 people when you factor in all the guests.

“We’re taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure our entire staff had the opportunity to go. From everybody from Kyle and John all the way down to interns, everybody has played a part in this. We want to make sure that they’re there to help and also celebrate the moment but hopefully help us get over the hump.”

I don’t know if this is the norm, but who cares. It’s awesome that the organization is doing this. That’s a championship attitude. Rewarding the people that went through the hard times. What an experience for the family and friends of the organization. York was asked about whether he’s spending time reflecting on the bad times that have led to the return of the good times:

“I am just focused on what we have to do,” York said. “I’m appreciative of our fans, especially the 40-50 thousand who were here in not the best times and even those fans, you can tell their passion, their spirit for the team. I think it was awesome to really see that re-awoken this year. ... Being in the Super Bowl seven years ago doesn’t seem that long, except for the kind of deep valley that we went into between. But I’m so appreciative of them and happy for them that they get to see the team getting back to the Super Bowl.”

Finally, here is York on the team moving on from former first-round pick Reuben Foster:

“We moved on from it and it was hard,” York said of Foster. “And we could have justified not moving on from it. There are other people who have been in worse situations than what Reuben was in. But we knew where we had to be. So if you look for a defining moment for those guys, I think that’s a defining moment for the culture of this team.”

That was the key point for the current regime, and also the low point, York said. He mentioned how he’s still paying three coaches and how the past failures led to giving Shanahan/Lynch six-year contracts, which is abnormal in the coaching world. It’s been fascinating watching all of these unfold and come together the way it has. A fitting ending would be a Super Bowl win.