TURLOCK -- A day after he led the 49ers to their latest victory, the reality started to sink in for some of Colin Kaepernick's hometown fans. The former Pitman High football star is going to start at quarterback for San Francisco in the Super Bowl.
It's still a little unreal for Melissa Garcia, a hardcore Niners fan who started attending Pitman High when Kaepernick was a junior at the Turlock school. She said it's amazing that someone from a small town will play a key role in the country's most-watched sporting event.
"I think it's really cool," Garcia said Monday while proudly wearing a Niners T-shirt while working at Main Street Footers. "That's crazy that he's from Turlock."
While Kaepernick mania rose a few more notches after Sunday's 28-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Garcia expects it to only become more intense over the next two weeks in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Turlock restaurant wasn't the only business experiencing Niners fandom Monday.
Nino Paulis of Sports Station at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto said the store had plenty of customers coming in to purchase 49ers gear. Customers have only increased during the team's playoff run.