Carlos Marins, a Brazilian computer programmer, is cheering on his San Francisco 49ers team to victory in the Super Bowl by yelling and pointing at the television while wearing a 49ers jersey and scarf.
He’s not a transplanted foreigner rooting for the NFL playoffs in the US. This is a bar in the tropical country of Brazil, home of Neymar, Ronaldo, and Pele, where American football is the other big thing.
“My brother and I watched the game three Super Bowls ago. I watched the last two Super Bowls with my brother, my fiancée, and a few friends. “I’m watching with all these people today,” remarks 28-year-old Marins as she surveys thecrowded Rio de Janeiro bar, where four large-screen TVs are airing San Francisco’s thrilling playoff matchup against the Green bay packers
He claims that American football is “growing right before our eyes” in Brazil, where the 49ers, Taylor Swift’s boyfriend’s team, will play the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s Super Bowl, which millions of people are expected to watch.
“I may be among the insane people contributing to its growth. I make noise, I scream. Marins continues, “I like spreading my love for American football to everyone I know. I chose the 49ers as my team because I like their former quarterback, Black rights activist Colin Kaepernick.