It’s been a long time since the Raiders or 49ers hoisted a Vince Lombardi trophy, but their old ones were on display on Monday near the Capitol.
The hardware came to Sacramento as part of the hype leading up to the Super Bowl game in Santa Clara in February.
A line of about 100 people formed, and two young children peered over a railing. One of their older brothers, Tommy Myers, said it was “inspiring,” as a high school football player, to stand so close to the artifacts.
His brother Jonathan Forget, also a football player, said the trophies were “sexy.”
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The 49ers last won the Super Bowl in 1994, the team’s fifth title. Brian Danker, a retired law enforcement officer who now works for the team, called the trophies the “five babies.”
He pondered why fans bothered to stand in line to see them and settled on this explanation: “It’s not something you see everyday.”
Danker took photographs for peopleu see everyday.”
Danker took photographs for people struggling with selfies. Just one declined.
“No, that’s all right,” said Ed Jeffs, of Elk Grove.
He was born and raised in Chicago and remains a Bears fan.
Looking at the 49ers hardware, he said, “That’s the wrong background.”