49ers host fire-struck Paradise High School team on Monday Night Football


Paradise High School students have seen their lives changed forever in recent days.

After the deadly Camp Fire took out the town of Paradise, the 49ers gave students and football players something to smile about Monday night at Levi's Stadium, hosting them at the Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants. 

The 49ers provided a bus for 35 football players from the school, plus 16 cheerleaders and eight coaches. Around 11 a.m. Monday, the bus left for around a 200-mile ride to Santa Clara. 

49ers general manager John Lynch met with the team prior to the game and offered his condolences. They then joined the 49ers on the sidelines for warmups and the national anthem. 

Paradise High's football season come to an end because of the Camp Fire. The Bobcats were forced to forfeit their playoff game against Red Bluff High School, a team they beat 42-14 earlier in the year. 

Shane Wallen, 49ers assistant strength coach, has set up a GoFundMe page for victims affected by the fire. Wallen's father's home in Paradise burned down in the blaze. 

Students and football players at Paradise High still haven't been allowed back to their burned-down hometown. They don't know what will come next, but for one night, the perfect escape came back on a football field.

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