Plenty of connections between Green Bay, Bay Area

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:38:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 11 2013 05:55:57 PM CST
GREEN BAY, Wis. -

When the Packers hit the road for Saturday's game at San Francisco, it will be a homecoming for a few members of the Green and Gold. A handful of current Packers grew up around the Bay Area, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver James Jones.

"It'll be fun," Rodgers said. I went to a few baseball games there growing up and saw a game there when I was in college and the stadium has a lot of tradition."

"I was a Niners fan and wanted to play for the Niners. Obviously, I'm not playing for the Niners so I can't root for them," Jones said. "It'll be good to get at home and play in front of my family."

Prior to taking over as head coach in Green Bay, Mike McCarthy was the 49'ers' offensive coordinator.

"I enjoyed my time working there," McCarthy said. "But this is about the Green Bay Packers. I was fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to work there as an assistant coach and I'm thankful for that."

On the 49'ers side, quarterback Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee and backup quarterback Scott Tolzien led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl three seasons ago.