SANTA CRUZ -- Evan Schmitt is like many 49ers fans. Each Sunday, he plants himself in front of the TV with friends or family and cheers his team to victory.
On days his team loses, he's somber and despondent. On victory days, he's on top of the world.
After all, the 32-year-old internet director at a Santa Cruz car dealership, bleeds red and gold.
"Game day is full stress," he said. "I'm a quiet, stressful guy."
Though Schmitt of Santa Cruz attended home games with an uncle for much of the '90s, he's currently in the process of turning his wife, Shanan, into a fan.
And on those ultra special days when the 49ers rip victory from the jaws of defeat -- as was the case when the 49ers rallied past host Atlanta two weeks ago in the NFC Championship -- Schmitt is beside himself.
"I've known my wife for nine years, but she's never seen 'Playoff husband,'" the Harbor High School graduate said. "I'm pacing, walking. She's never seen that side of me."
Taking in the NFC Championship at Coasters Bar & Grill at Boardwalk Bowl, Schmitt promised he'd don an oversized 49ers helmet and run up and down Beach Street if the 49ers rallied and advanced to the Super Bowl.
One small step for the 49ers, one giant step for mankind.
"I was in sandals," Schmitt said. "I almost fell a couple of times. I went a block and back, but I was interrupted by a lot of people. It got quite a good response."
"People were cheering and posing with him," wrote Joanne Purdy Guzman on Facebook, who was one of many to nominate Schmitt as 49ers superfan. "We have pictures and video. He has been a 49er fan his whole life."
While Schmitt claims allegiance to the 49ers for as long as he can remember -- a spare room in his Bay Street home is full of memorabilia -- he doesn't plan such crazy celebrations for every win. Just the big ones.
And if the 49ers top the Ravens for their sixth Super Bowl title?
"Maybe I'll top myself and run down Pacific Avenue," he said. "I don't know. I have to talk to the owner of the helmet."
For nearly a decade, Schmitt and his uncle saw some of the worst in Niners football. That said, the past two years have been fulfilling.
"My generation got to see the down years," he said. "So to see this uprising, it's a little more sweet because we had some rough years."
Schmitt isn't a big jersey guy, but he owns two: Jerry Rice and Jeff Garcia, who he met when Garcia was playing in the Canadian Football League.
"He has a room dedicated to the (team) and sleeps with his 49er blanket every night," Guzman wrote. "Even his Christmas tree was adorned with 49er helmets. He knows the old school Niner songs, too"