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San Francisco 49ers fan obsession grows with popular video tributes

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Fan Sean “Bobo” McBride

It only took 20 minutes for Andrew Redden and his sister Sarah, both big-time fans of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to make the video “Kaeperknicking,” which has become an Internet sensation since debuting in December.

The video, which features Redden’s 6-year-old sister spitting original lyrics about the 49ers’ playoff push, was such a hit that it inspired the Ohio siblings to create another one as the team prepares for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Their new video, “Kaepfornia Gold Rush,” has been viewed more than 30,000 times on YouTube since being posted only hours after the Jan. 20 win against the Atlanta Falcons, which the pair attended.

Though she doesn’t do interviews, Sarah’s 8-year-old brother said the idea to create the tribute to one of their favorite teams was collaborative.

“She wanted to make her own ‘Black and Yellow’ video,” Redden said, referring to the anthem by rapper Wiz Khalifa supporting the Pittsburgh Steelers. “We didn’t think anyone would see it.”

The Reddens’ videos are not the only tributes to the 49ers. Many of the Faithful have stuck with the team for years, and thousands of fans post on forums and gather for games, even during dry spells — such as the Niners’ 18 years between Super Bowl appearances.

For Sean “Bobo” McBride, the drought from both the playoffs and the Super Bowl was tough. But as a lifelong, “die-hard” fan, the 27-year-old Santa Rosa resident said he wasn’t going anywhere.

“It’s like a friend going through a hard time,” McBride said. “You stay loyal. We’re definitely happy they’re doing well again and I hope they keep it up.”

Last year, the franchise ended an eight-year playoff drought by reaching the NFC Championship Game, only to be cut short with a home loss to the New York Giants — the eventual Super Bowl champions. But this year, the team has returned to the big game with authority.

McBride has been a season ticket-holder for years. He even has tickets, along with three friends, secured at the future stadium in Santa Clara. While the 49ers did their job on the field, he and his friend Will “Really Real” Cunningham wanted to show their support in the form of a music video.

McBride said he and his friends began writing the song “Roll Call — 49ers Anthem” after the regular-season game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 18. They then came back for the regular season’s final game, against the Arizona Cardinals, to film a music video at Candlestick Park. In it are dozens of fans showing their team pride.

“We wanted to do something different,” McBride said. “So we got out there to interact with the fans.”

The song references the history of the team and the multiple playoff runs the 49ers had in the 1980s.

“We feel in the ’80s the 49ers did an outstanding job and feel like doing an outstanding job all over again,” McBride said.

If the 49ers win — which McBride thinks they will — he’s hoping this anthem can inspire them through the offseason.


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