SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers faithful are disgruntled with the team's 1-6 start and its struggles since parting ways with former coach Jim Harbaugh two years ago. And while the team rests during the bye week, some of the fan base's more restless members are taking a proactive approach to making sure their voices are heard.
Graham Grealish, a Niners fan from Santa Clara, began a GoFundMe campaign Monday seeking donations to raise $1,076 and hire a plane to fly a banner over Levi's Stadium before the Nov. 6 game against New Orleans calling for general manager Trent Baalke to be fired.
It didn't take long for 49ers fans to come up with the necessary funds. In fact, the account reached a total of $2,277 contributed by 91 people in a span of about 24 hours. After surpassing the goal, Grealish posted a message saying that donations would no longer be accepted and the additional money would be used to fly another banner at a later home game to "keep the pressure on [CEO] Jed [York] and Trent."
This isn't the first time Niners fans have reached into their wallets to express anger at the product. Last season, fans raised money to fly a banner that read "Jed & 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways" before the game against the Arizona Cardinals, a reference to the language the team used when the 49ers and Harbaugh ended their relationship. A banner also flew over the stadium before two other games last season.