Lost amongst the hoopla surrounding the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens advancing to Super Bowl XLVII was a connection to the Cal State Fullerton Football program. Former Titan Football player and coach Tim Drevno and former Titan Football coach Ed Donatell will both be on the sidelines in New Orleans coaching the San Francisco 49ers.
Most of the media will focus on what everyone is calling the “HarBowl” which will pit San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh against his brother, John Harbaugh, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. For those Cal State Fullerton fans who are fans of other teams that did not make it to the Super Bowl, the Drevno and Donatell connection should make their decision to root for the 49ers a bit easier choice.
Ed Donatell currently is the defensive back coach with the San Francisco 49ers, after leaving the Denver Broncos during a 2 year run from 2009 through 2010. With over three decades of coaching experience, including 21 years in the NFL, Donatell has worked with several of the most highly regarded defensive backs in pro football history, including Ronnie Lott, Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Darren Sharper, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. Donatell coached at Cal State Fullerton, coaching the Titan defensive backs in 1989.
Tim Drevno was first a player for the Cal State Fullerton Titan Football team before becoming a graduate assistant under Titan Football patriarch Gene Murphy. Drevno began his collegiate playing career at El Camino College in Torrence, where he helped lead his club to a national title in 1987 and earned All-Mission League honors the following season. He then went on to start on the Cal State Fullerton offensive line for two seasons. In the NFC Championship game this past Sunday, Frank Gore became the 49ers franchise leader in rushing touchdowns with much of the credit going to a Drevno coached offensive line clearing the path for Gore.
When it comes to who Titan fans will be rooting for in Super Bowl XLVII, the Drevno and Donatell connection should help make that decision quite easy. In this one case, it is okay to root for THESE 49ers.