San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) scrambles from Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
TURLOCK, Calif. - Screaming fans jumped from their chairs and cheered Turlock's Colin Kaepernick as the San Francisco 49ers took apart the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Kaepernick attended Pitman High School in Turlock, where he lettered in three sports before going on to play as quarterback for University of Nevada, Reno.
"We love him. He's so perfect tonight. He's doing a great job," said one delirious female fan as Kaepernick took the Niners to an unchallenged lead at the half.
Nearly everyone watching on a big-screen TV at Lamp Post Pizza seemed to have a personal connection.
"I actually coached baseball against Collin Kaepernick. He's a great kid. We love him," Lamp Post Pizza Owner Kevin Brophy said.
"Nick Brown, my little nephew, played running back when Keapernick was quarterback at Pitman High," said Randy Longnecker, who said he's been a fan ever since.
Even devoted Chicago Bears fan Ramiro Zepeda said he was rooting for Kaepernick to win.
"I'm from Turlock. Of course I'm gonna root for him," Zepeda said as he sipped beer and ate pizza.
"It means Alex better watch out," said Niners fan Jacquie Kinimaka, referring to the team's top quarterback, Alex Smith.