Posted October 11, 2012 on AP on Fox

ST. LOUIS - JANUARY 3: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on January 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers beat the Rams 28-6. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer San Francisco 49ers fans are no longer booing Alex Smith and calling for his backup. ''Seems like a long time ago, longer than two years ago, for sure,'' Smith said Wednesday when reminded of some of those lower points in his career. Things are going so well these days the quarterback got the chance to meet President Barack Obama this week - and the president had been keeping tabs on his team's progress to boot. ''Very cool,'' Smith said. ''Huge honor, I mean the president of the United States. It's one of those things when you're a kid, yeah, maybe meet the president. Talked ball the whole time.'' That special encounter came after Smith threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the San Francisco Giants' Game 1 of the NL division series against Cincinnati on Saturday night. Life is good, all right. And to think the 49ers briefly considered adding Peyton Manning to the mix this spring, even though coach Jim Harbaugh has d...
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