Any 49ers fan will know already that there is a lot to say about the long and storied history of this iconic team.…In the almost 80 years since the 49ers first joined the All America Football Conference, they have gone on to become one of the most popular, highly valued, and lucrative NFL teams in history.
Many of us can easily rattle off iconic 49ers facts such as the fact that they still maintain the record for the most points scored during a Super Bowl (55, to be precise), as well as the most points scored in a single post-season (126). However, there are some facts about the 49ers that even the most die-hard fans will not be aware of. Read on to find out.
1. The Uniform Used to Be Red and Silver
This 49ers fact is so niche that there aren't even photos to back it up. Nonetheless, it is the truth. In the early years of the team, from 1953 to 1955, the iconic red and gold setup that we know and love today was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the uniform consisted of a red getup with a single silver stripe down the middle.
2. The Team Furthest Away from Their City
All San Francisco 49ers fans are aware that the team's home turf, the Levi Stadium, is nowhere near city limits. However, not so many people know that the 49ers hold the distinction of having a home stadium that is further away from their namesake than any other NFL team. The Levi Stadium is located in the Bay Area town of Santa Clara, a full 45 miles away from the San Francisco city limits.
3. 49ers vs Raiders Pre-Seasons Are a Thing of the Past
As followers of other NFL teams will know well, the preseason typically kicks off with a game between two teams in the same city or state. However, when was the last time you saw a preseason game between the 49ers and the Oakland Raiders? If you are under the age of 40, probably never. This derby match between the 49ers and the Raiders used to get so heated and violent that they were banned outright permanently. Unfortunately, a few violent fans have spoiled this one for everyone else.
4. 25 Years and Counting Since a Super Bowl Win
Despite the fact that the 49ers have continued to break season and preseason records throughout the past ten years, they have not won the top prize in over 26 years. While this might seem like a staggeringly long time, fans should take comfort in the fact that this is not the longest Super Bowl drought by a long shot. The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, and Atlanta Falcons have all never won a Super Bowl in their 50-year+ history as teams. It could always be worse.
5. One of the Most Popular NFL Teams Nationwide
While the 49ers command a fierce and dedicated local following, they have also attracted a significant fan base from across the US and even overseas. When looking at the popularity of NFL teams according to viewing figures, social media, and engagement, the 49ers are among the most popular in the country. In addition, thanks to the proliferation of online sports betting, fans are engaging with the 49ers from further afield than ever before. As SBO's expert guide into online NFL betting explains, although online sports betting is illegal in San Francisco, fans in places such as New Jersey and Kansas can freely bet on the 49ers whenever they play. SBO also tracks the latest news on legal sports betting in the US so that fans always know where their team currently stands.
6. The 49ers Own a Huge Stake in British Football
It might surprise some to know that the 49ers are also keenly invested in international sports. More specifically, the 49ers own a minority stake in the English football team Leeds United FC. After an initial investment stake of 15% back in 2018, the 49ers increased their stake to 37% in 2021. Management has repeatedly extolled the virtues of English football and clearly sees the money they have poured into Leeds United as an investment in the future of sports.
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