This will likely show a lot of the age differences in our community, but that’s a good thing. Everyone’s first memory of the San Francisco 49ers is different. When I was first hired, about 20 comments were reminding me that the 49ers won the Super Bowl over the Chargers. At seven-years-old, I’m sure I was very heartbroken, and I couldn’t go to school the next day. That was my first memory of the Niners. As I got older, I started to play quarterback. As a lefty, there weren’t many players in the NFL that I could watch that I could model myself after. Back then, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds was undersized for a quarterback. Watching Steve Young maneuver through defenses and “figure out” how to win was always fun for me to watch.
The Cowboys and 49ers games in the 90s are what I remember. I saw Young when he was late in his career when he was hyper-efficient as a player. His touchdown to interception ratios was always ridiculous. From 1994 to 1998, Young threw 134 touchdowns compared to 45 interceptions. Nearly a 3/1 ratio over five seasons. While Young was older, he still was mobile. Oh, and Deion Sanders is my favorite player of all-time. I know it was only one season, but I’ve watched Prime’s 1994 season an unhealthy amount of times. I suppose my answer has to be Super Bowl XXIX. Twenty-five years later, I’m going to 49ers bars, wearing scarlet and gold, and trolling Seahawks fans. Times have changed.
What is the first 49ers game you remember?