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Marisa Miller is a San Francisco 49ers fan ... for real

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Upon learning I'd be interviewing Marisa Miller on Tuesday, a sense of anxiety crept in.

No, it wasn't because Miller is a renowned supermodel who looks like this and I'm, well, a lowly blogger. The consternation was born out of my fear of interviewing a celebrity who says they're a football fan but really isn't. It's happened before, and it's always terrible.

Supermodel Marisa Miller visits the NFL Network studios in Culver City, Calif. This angel's love for the 49ers is no secret.
Supermodel Marisa Miller visits the NFL Network studios in Culver City, Calif. This angel's love for the 49ers is no secret. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL.com/)

I'd been told that Miller was a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan. I entered the NFL Network green room as a skeptic; I walked out a believer.

"I'm from Santa Cruz in Northern California and the 49ers were my dad and I's bonding time," Miller said. "We would go to games in the '80s. It was a good time to fall in love with football when your team was unstoppable."

For totem pole reasons, my interview time with Miller coincided with her makeup application process prior to a photo shoot. As mascara was being applied, Miller didn't hesitate when asked what Niners moment she would call as a broadcaster if given the chance.

"My biggest memory as a football fan was the Super Bowl in '89 against the Cincinnati Bengals," she said. "We were at this restaurant in Santa Cruz called The Crow's Nest. I think I was 10 or 11 years old and I remember just everybody going nuts. It was the first time I saw adults act like children. It was such a huge moment. John Taylor's catch, that was one of the best memories ever."

It turned out my fears of a bad interview were ultimately rooted in some sort of nefarious supermodel discrimination. Marisa Miller: Pulverizing misconceptions without trying.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @DanHanzus.

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