Homeless 49ers fan shows up to Seahawks celebration… and you won’t believe what happened next
SEATTLE (CNN) – When it comes to your favorite team, rivalries can sometimes get out of hand.
However, when a 15-year-old boy showed up to the Seahawk’s Super Bowl victory parade wearing San Francisco 49ers gear, the rivalry took a different turn.
The trip from Kirkland to Seattle is only about 12 miles but for 15-year-old Ronnie Andrews, his bus ride to Centurylink Field might as well have been cross-country.
Andrews said, “The first thing I heard was, ‘Oh no’ from the entire bus full of Seahawks fans.”
It is jeering he fully expected when he showed up to the Super Bowl parade decked out in 49ers gear.
He said, “When I was walking by, most people were just looking at me strange.”
What Ronnie didn’t expect is what happened next.
He said, “Maybe Thursday morning when I got on Facebook, the first think I seen was like 400 friend requests, a bunch of messages, a bunch of notifications.”
As photos of this 49ers fan in enemy territory spread like wildfire, so did Ronnie’s story.
Andrews said, “For the last four months, I’ve been on my own, just moving from shelter to shelter.”
He added, “Three weeks I spent on the street before that four months started, and that was hard but I still went to school and still tried.”
Andrews says problems at home and personal family issues caused him to leave home.
According to King 5, Andrews stays in shelters in another town away from his high school and rides public transportation for two hours to make it to class.
A website initially created by a San Francisco fan to pay for Ronnie to go see a game transformed into a cause that both teams could support.
It became a college fund for Ronnie that is growing by the hour.
He said, “Well right now, I feel like this support is one of the best things I’ve had in my life because I feel like I have that outside family that I never had before.”
Family that is made up of blue and green and red and gold.
He said, “It just feels really good knowing people do care.”
Ronnie’s site had raised more than $27,000 by Tuesday morning.
Experts say Andrews won’t have access to the money until he is 18-years-old but he says he is blown away so many people wanted to help him achieve his goal of going to college.
Organizers of the fundraiser have been in touch with Ronnie’s teachers, who say he is a good, hard-working kid who has had a tough life.
According to King 5, several qualified foster care providers have come forward in the last few days and said they would welcome Ronnie into their homes.