Joe Staley's Parents, Former Coach Make Trip To San Francisco For NFC Championship

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San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is looking for a Super Bowl ring. The first step to that is a win over the New York Giants in the NFC Championship this weekend.

Staley will have an extra special audience in attendance at Candlestick Park on Sunday because his parents, Butch and Jan, along with his high school football coach are making the trip out west to watch him play.

"We are so excited," Jan Staley said. "This is just the highlight of his football career and we get to be there so it's going to be great."

Staley has played the last five years in the NFL and this past season, he helped guide San Francisco from worst to first.  The 27-year-old played at Rockford under legendary head football coach Ralph Munger.

After last week's win over New Orleans, Joe called his parents and invited them to come out to San Francisco for the NFC Championship. Joe also invited Coach Munger and his wife Kathy to tag along.

"He was so excited," Kathy Munger said. "I don't think he's slept since he found out we were going."

The group left the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids Friday afternoon.

The Mungers have never seen Joe play an NFL game in person, but come Sunday night they're hoping to be planning their next trip - to see Joe play in the Super Bowl.

"State championships are nice, just being able to come out on top in any game is nice," said Ralph Munger. "But being able to follow one of your young men that's playing for the NFC Championship to go to the Super Bowl..... Holy Toot! I mean this is like unreal."

Munger's excitement is felt with the Staley family as well.

"You need those mentors, you need someone to come along and notice talent and say 'Hey we're gonna develop that,'" Butch Staley said about his son's high school coach.

"It's going to be extremely special. It's going to be wonderful for us. It's going to be wonderful for Joe to have him there."

The San Francisco 49ers host the New York Giants Sunday, January 22nd. You can watch the game at 6:30pm on FOX 17.

FOX 17's Tara Hernandez has more with the Staley and Munger families in the video player.

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