Among the many players and coaches that will be in New Orleans for the Super Bowl is Stevens Point-resident Troy Baalke.
He'll be cheering on his younger brother, Trent, the general manager of the 49ers.
Trent and Troy Baalke grew up in Rosendale, just a little over an hour from Milwaukee.
"Football. We grew up with it," Troy Baalke said. "We were always playing some kind of sport but football was always the biggest."
He says his younger brother always had the knack and charisma to be successful.
"He puts in tremendous hours, work ethic. He's worked at his craft when he was an athlete, and he's worked at his craft when he took over into management and into football," Baalke said.
Trent Baalke has worked with the 49ers for eight years, becoming general manager in 2011. And while the Baalke brothers were raised as Packers' fans, older brother Troy doesn't have to hesitate when the two teams meet.
He rooted for one team when the 49ers hosted the Packers in this year's NFC Divisional Playoff game.
"I rooted for the 49ers. I mean, blood is thicker than water, and that's who I wanted to win that game," Baalke said.
"Truth be told. I kind of had it good. Because if the Packers would have won, I would have felt bad for Trent and the 49ers but the Packers would have won as well."
Now Trent Baalke is on the verge of bringing a sixth Super Bowl title to San Francisco and a ring to the Baalke family.
"I could only imagine how proud my dad is. And excited. Being a lifelong packer fan but a football fan.
"It's the ultimate dream to have somebody to be the leader of my team like my brother is. And to bring it back to Wisconsin and have Wisconsin ties, that's great for the state."
Troy is bringing his family to New Orleans, including his 11-year-old son, Sammie. He'll cheer on his uncle's team and have a great story to tell his friends when he gets back to Wisconsin.
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