San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
TURLOCK, Calif. - Sunday's Super Bowl wasn't exactly the quest for six 49ers fans were hoping for, but fans in Turlock say they are still very proud of their hometown hero Colin Kaepernick.
In the small town of about 69,000 people, the 49ers faithful wore their pride on their sleeves Sunday.
Fans gathered at the Larsa Banquet Hall in Turlock to watch their hometown hero Colin Kaepernick lead the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.
"We're supporting our local kid," said Michael Anderton of Turlock.
"We're proud of him, he's our son, he's Turlock's son," Julie Anderton explained.
Among the crowd was George Odisho, who watched the big game not only as a fan of the local quarterback, but also as a former teammate from Pittman High.
"Seeing my high-school QB score some touchdown's again, it's amazing," said Odisho. "He was a great quarterback. A great leader."
Odisho played on the offensive line with Kaepernick, and says he played with a great deal of confidence in high school, and still does.
In Kaepernick's tenth career start, it was that level of confidence that led the young, but talented quarterback and his team to the Super Bowl.
The 49ers may have gotten off to a rough start in the Big Easy, but fans in Turlock, about 2,100 miles away, never gave up on their local boy.
"All they have to do is get Kaepernick the ball and he's going to win it," Anderton said.
And as if the voodoo gods from New Orleans were listening, the power shut off in the Super Dome, and the Niners came back more energized than ever before.
It was touchdown after touchdown, and each time, fans erupted in Turlock.
Unfortunately, in the end it wouldn't be enough, but for his biggest fans, Kaepernick is still a hero.
"Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. He did his best and we're proud of him," explained Julie Anderton.
"He brought us home. Just three points! It's alright, we're still happy," Adrian Faramarpour said.
Fans in Turlock say they are going to host a party for Kaepernick when he returns from the Big Easy.