With all the division we've seen over the past couple of years, it's easy to forget just how effectively sports can bring people together.


We got a glimpse of that on Monday night and Tuesday morning as the ​San Francisco 49ers announced that they'll be auctioning off their game-worn jerseys from their game against the New York Giants in order to raise money for the victims of the devastating wildfire in California.


Turning their loss into a monumental gain for the community, the 49ers have reminded us yet again how the sports world is more than just what happens on the field.

The wildfire in Northern California has already claimed 42 lives. The fire is the worst in state history, as it's destroyed over 125,000 acres of land along with 6,500 homes. Upwards of 5,000 personnel are still working to contain the fire out west.


As lives have been lost and others significantly damaged, this move by the San Francisco franchise was certainly a necessary one. The disaster isn't even over yet and the damage is overwhelming already.

Bravo to the 49ers for making this classy move on behalf of their fellow statesmen. This wasn't the first time we've seen the grace of sports in action, and it won't be the last.


Thoughts go out to everyone affected by the disaster out in California.