Super fan ready for the big show
By RANDY GONZALES
He is 49 years old and a 49ers fan.
Allen Rohr figures that's got to be some kind of good karma going into Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. in New Orleans, with Rohr's beloved San Francisco 49ers taking on the Baltimore Ravens.
"A little more pressure on now," Rohr said with a laugh after realizing the numerical connection.
Rohr has been a 49ers fan since the late 1970s, when he saw them play on TV for the first time. San Francisco won the game -- and he was hooked on all things Niners.
Back then, there wasn't ESPN or the Internet, so Rohr eagerly gobbled up whatever information he could find, and to see them play on TV was a rare treat.
"I got to see them once in a great while on TV," he said.
Through the years, Rohr has been collecting 49ers memorabilia for his man-cave in the basement of his home. Rohr has pictures -- including one signed by Jerry Rice -- plus a mini-helmet signed by Joe Montana. He also has action figures of Ronnie Lott, Montana and Rice. There is a miniature replica of Candlestick Park, where the team plays its home games. Throw in 49ers mini trucks and cars, a clock on the wall, blankets on the couch, and the basement is awash in red and gold.
"I've got a lot of 49er stuff down there," he said.
On a recent day, Rohr was wearing a 49ers cap and shirt, and his leather 49ers jacket was in the closet.
"I've got shirts, sweatshirts, (even) khaki pants," he said with a laugh.
Last season, the 49ers made the NFC title game, only to lose. Rohr wasn't sure what to expect out of his favorite team this season.
"I was hoping last year wasn't a fluke," he said.
"Once they beat Green Bay at the beginning of the season. And Detroit following that, I was like we should at least make the playoffs."
Rohr also didn't know what to think about the change in quarterbacks at midseason. Starter Alex Smith was out, and backup Colin Kaepernick was in.
"At first, I didn't know what to think about it, wasn't too sure," he said. "Kaepernick's definitely a better passer, of course he's more mobile. What really sold me on him was their playoff win against Green Bay."
Montana is Rohr's favorite player of all time.
"I just felt back then, watching him all the time, he's cool about it, going to win the game," Rohr said.
Rohr thinks Sunday's game will be a good one.
"I'm excited, nervous because I think it's going to be a game that's going to go down to the end," he said. "I think it's going to be a close game."
What happens if his 49ers win their sixth Super Bowl Sunday?
"My kids think I will have a heart attack," Rohr said with a laugh.