SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Baltimore Raven, who could take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, grew up in Sacramento.
Asa Jackson played football at Christian Brothers High School, where some students are torn on who to cheer for at the Super Bowl.
A lot of kids at Christian Brothers say they love the 49ers but are torn because of Jackson.
Jackson was a superstar at Christian Brothers as a quarterback and cornerback. After a stop at Cal Poly, he was drafted into the NFL by the Ravens, where he plays cornerback.
“I’m rooting for the Ravens this weekend,” student Brandon Thompson said.
“I’ve been a Niners fan all my life,” student Mason Stahley said.
It’s a tough choice for students and staff. Do they root for the 49ers, or their beloved former student?
The students maybe torn, but his former coach is not.
“It’s no doubt we’re rooting for the Ravens right now,” football coach John Wiley said.
Wiley says he doesn’t care what uniform Jackson is wearing, he will always support him. He still reaches out to him from time to time.
“I just try to let him be true to himself. I send him text from time just to say, ‘Great job, I’m proud of you no matter what happens. You have our support’ ” said Wiley.
They love Jackson here, but there’s still a catch.
“Can’t root for him too much, gotta pull for Kap and the Niners, but we hope he makes a couple of tackles, makes some plays,” student Brendan Gormley said.
So now that you’ve heard Jackson’s story, you’ve got to decide. Are you going to root for him or the Niners?
Jackson is not a starter, but he may get a chance to play special teams, wearing number 25.
CBS13 is the only place you can watch the 49ers take on the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. The game is Sunday, Feb. 3, in New Orleans. Kick off set for 3:30 p.m.