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What is The Faithful?

"The Faithful" is a documentary series by 49ers Studios that is truly for the fans because it is the fans. Narrated by two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks, the show will take fans on journeys into the lives of the greatest 49ers stories that need to be told.

Full Episodes

  • The Faithul: The Pastor

    Posted Dec 31, 2016

    Take a trip behind the scenes with the Pastor of the 49ers and his incredible journey from the toughest streets in the Bay Area to the sidelines.

  • The Faithful: The Huskers

    Posted Dec 25, 2016

    See the connection between the University of Nebraska and the San Francisco 49ers.

  • The Faithful: The 49th Episode

    Posted Dec 18, 2016

    Reflect back on the genesis of the show and some of the greatest moments in the 3 season history of “The Faithful.”

  • The Faithful: The Owner Part II

    Posted Dec 11, 2016

    Take an in-depth look at one of the greatest owners in the history of sports as this episode highlights the life and career of Ed DeBartolo Jr. (Part 2 of 2)

  • The Faithful: The Owner Part I

    Posted Dec 4, 2016

    Take an in-depth look at one of the greatest owners in the history of sports as this episode highlights the life and career of Ed DeBartolo Jr. (Part 1 of 2).

  • The Faithful: The Portlanders

    Posted Nov 27, 2016

    Faith personified is what this fan base in Oregon represents.

  • The Faithful: The Inspiration

    Posted Nov 20, 2016

    Despite the inability to see, this Faithful shows us what true fandom is – game in and game out.

  • The Faithful: The Collector

    Posted Nov 13, 2016

    Rummage through the closet of the collector as this Hawaiian based Faithful has one of the greatest game worn collections of all time.

  • The Faithful: The Troubador

    Posted Nov 6, 2016

    Come along for in incredible journey with Singer Songwriter, Michael Annotti who is changing lives note-by-note and coat-by-coat.

  • The Faithful: The Screenwriter

    Posted Oct 30, 2016

    This devout Faithful and native San Franciscan is also one of the most influential writers in Hollywood.

  • The Faithful: The Ascent

    Posted Oct 23, 2016

    Born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, Steve set out to climb the biggest rock face in the world, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

  • The Faithful: The Heart Warriors

    Posted Oct 16, 2016

    The amazing story of how a free camp for medically challenged kids crossed paths with Faithfulness.

  • The Faithful: The Heart and Soul

    Posted Oct 9, 2016

    Hear the amazing story of a lifelong 49er, as Jesse Sapolu battled great odds to become one of the greatest linemen in franchise history.

  • The Faithful: The Renaissance Man

    Posted Oct 2, 2016

    The original Renaissance man, Russ Francis played tight end for the 49ers in the 1980’s. Hear his incredible stories and declaration of Faith.

  • The Faithful: The Throwback

    Posted Sep 25, 2016

    One of the most Faithful fans around, this throwback has incredible knowledge of the team only rivaled by his priceless collection.

  • The Faithful: The Vault

    Posted Sep 18, 2016

    3000 Miles from the epicenter of Faithfulness stands NFL Films, the Hollywood of sports and home to an incredible Niners Fan.

  • The Faithful: The Deep Threat

    Posted Sep 11, 2016

    One of the greatest wide receivers in franchise history tells his story of Faithfulness and shares his NFL journey.

  • Season 3 Trailer for 'The Faithful'

    Posted Aug 31, 2016

    "The Faithful " is a documentary series by 49ers Studios that is truly for the fans because it is the fans. The show will take fans on journeys into the lives of the greatest 49ers stories.

  • 49ers Faithful: The Mother of the 49ers

    Posted May 8, 2016

    Listen to 49ers Faithful Kitten Troutt tell her story about being a motherly presence to the players of the San Francisco 49ers.

  • The Faithful: The Humorist

    Posted Jan 3, 2016

    This Actor, Comedian and Voice Over Artist has been heard in some of the biggest productions that you have seen. Hear his story of Faithfulness as we go into his life in the shadows of Hollywood.

  • Sneak Peek: The Humorist

    Posted Dec 30, 2015

    This Actor, Comedian and Voice Over Artist has been heard in some of the biggest productions that you have seen. Hear his story of Faithfulness as we go into his life in the shadows of Hollywood.

  • The Faithful: The Ladies of the Empire

    Posted Dec 27, 2015

    The 49ers boast the highest percentage of female fans in the NFL. Meet a group that prides themselves on flying their colors and cheering on their team.

  • The Faithful: The Stop

    Posted Dec 20, 2015

    In 1981 a “Stop” helped secure a World Championship. Meet Dan Bunz, the Linebacker behind that play as the Faithful takes you into his family and life.

  • The Faithful: The Path to Heaven

    Posted Dec 13, 2015

    Chart Topping Band, The Imagine Dragons and a Faithful Family in Utah have a chance meeting that turns into an endeavor to change the lives of pediatric cancer patients.

  • The Faithful: The Warriors

    Posted Dec 6, 2015

    A group of retired, Faithful Navy SEALs work alongside prominent 49er Alumni to tell stories and run them through SEAL obstacle courses.

  • The Faithful: The Lineman

    Posted Nov 29, 2015

    Minnesota born Keith Fahnhorst played his entire career with the 49ers. This offensive lineman battled in the trenches and is now battling for his life.

  • The Faithful: The Seattle Faithful

    Posted Nov 22, 2015

    Deep in enemy territory faithfulness thrives. See how fans in the Pacific Northwest root on their Niners.

  • The Faithful: The Community of Faith

    Posted Nov 15, 2015

    Come along for in incredible journey thousands of miles from the 49ers facility as well as right around the corner. Players show their love for the Faithful by giving back to the community.

  • The Faithful: The Main Event

    Posted Nov 8, 2015

    WWE Superstar and former NFL player, Roman Reigns takes the Faithful through his love for the team.

  • The Faithful: The SoCal Family

    Posted Nov 1, 2015

    Follow a Southern California family as they show how Faith and the 49ers come full circle at Beachfront 301 Bar and Grill in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • The Faithful: The Ohana

    Posted Oct 26, 2015

    Follow the Ohana Niner Empire as they show how Faith and the 49ers is a part of everyday life in Hawaii.

  • The Faithful: The Canyon Inn

    Posted Oct 18, 2015

    In 1981, a pact between a small establishment in the Bay Area and the World Champion 49ers was made. Hear the story of Faithfulness from within the walls of the Canyon Inn.

  • The Faithful: The Men of Faith

    Posted Oct 11, 2015

    A Rabbi in downtown San Francisco and a Pastor in Seattle share their love of the team with the Faithful.

  • The Faithful: The Valley

    Posted Oct 4, 2015

    An incredible story of faith and hope as former 49er, Kermit Alexander tells the story of how his family was murdered and how he rose from the tragedy.

  • The Faithful: The Shrine

    Posted Sep 27, 2015

    Faithfulness is found in all 50 states… but for one Wisconsin Family it is an everyday occurrence.

  • The Faithful: The Return

    Posted Sep 20, 2015

    Missing the entire 2014 season, the 49ers welcome back one of the NFL’s most tenacious defenders. Follow the return of NaVorro Bowman as told by he and his teammates.

  • The Faithful: The Rock

    Posted Sep 13, 2015

    Faithfulness is discovered on one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks. Find out how the history of Alcatraz and the 49ers have always been entwined.

  • Season 2 Trailer for 'The Faithful'

    Posted Sep 9, 2015

    "The Faithful " is a documentary series by 49ers Studios that is truly for the fans because it is the fans. Narrated by two-time Super Bowl champion Dwight Hicks, the show will take fans on journeys into the lives of the greatest 49ers stories.

  • The Faithful: The Hometown Hero

    Posted Dec 28, 2014

    The latest Faithful episode highlights the life and career of former two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, and San Francisco native George Seifert.

  • The Faithful: The Bucket List

    Posted Dec 21, 2014

    On this week's episode, a fan runs all the way from New York to Levi's Stadium to support a cause.

  • The Faithful: The Rip City Niner

    Posted Dec 15, 2014

    Episode 15 of The Faithful highlights a lifelong 49ers fan who happens to be the PA announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers, a team run by Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen.

  • The Faithful: The Proposal

    Posted Dec 7, 2014

    This week's episode of "The Faithful" highlights a love story about two 49ers fans who got engaged at Levi’s® Stadium.

  • The Faithful: The Architect

    Posted Nov 30, 2014

    Episode 13 of The Faithful highlights legendary 49ers GM John McVay who was known as the architect of the one of the most successful dynasties in football history.

  • The Faithful: The Joke Squad

    Posted Nov 23, 2014

    This week's episode follow four comedians – Al Madrigal, Dan Soder, Tommy Johnagin and David Huntsberger - and their love for comedy and the 49ers.

  • The Faithful: The Home Away From Home

    Posted Nov 16, 2014

    On this week's episode, there is a bar in New York City that feels like a 49ers home game.

  • The Faithful: The Parish

    Posted Nov 9, 2014

    This week’s episode of The Faithful takes a look at the “Big Easy” & faithfulness within the Crescent City.

  • The Faithful: The Collector

    Posted Nov 2, 2014

    Episode 9 of "The Faithful" highlights a fan in Hawaii with a massive collection of game worn jerseys.

  • The Faithful: The Throwback

    Posted Oct 26, 2014

    On episode 8 of "The Faithful," all it took was one play watching the 49ers at Kezar Stadium and Martin Jacobs was hooked for life.

  • The Faithful: The Display of Faith

    Posted Oct 19, 2014

    Episode 7 of "The Faithful" takes a behind the scenes look at the art collection at Levi's® Stadium.

  • The Faithful: The Grateful Faithful

    Posted Oct 12, 2014

    Episode six of 'The Faithful' highlights singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of the Grateful Dead Bob Weir's love for the 49ers.



From The Executive Producer

Unlike traditional programs that other teams deliver, 49ers Studios is proud to present one that will make you laugh, cry and feel everything in between. Mostly, it will make you proud to be a part of the 49ers family.

The show shares the stories of unique personalities such as Irwin Herlihy – the true definition of a 49ers Faithful, who has missed only two home games in team history. We’ll continue with Al Madrigal, Tommy Johnigan, Dave Hunstberger and Dan Soder. These four funny men are headed to the comedic summit, and they’ll bleed Red and Gold while entertaining us along the way. Plus, if you are a part of the Faithful, then of course you have heard of the Niner Empire. But what’s it like flying the team flag in enemy territory? We will take you there.

The crew and I have travelled over 100,000 – from New York City to El Paso, from Miami to Portland, Oregon, we have been listening to stories and falling in love with the people telling them.

All of these stories are great representations of what is happening off of the field for the 49ers, and that is exactly what “The Faithful” will reflect. This unique documentary-style show will also parallel the access and content that you are now accustomed to seeing from 49ers Studios. 

Keep an eye out for the episodes that will air this year and in the future.  Who knows – you may have your own Faithful story that needs telling. If so, drop us a line at FNS@49ers.com. You could get a call from me and a knock on your door from our camera crew.

- Robert Alberino, VP / Executive Producer
  @robert_alberino