Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/9/14

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Six months ago, Alex Smith looked like he could have played his final snap as the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. With Peyton Manning still a free agent at the time, the 49ers brought in the 11-time Pro Bowler for a workout.Though Manning ultimately chose to sign with the Denver Broncos, Smith's future in San Francisco was in question. While the 49ers courted Manning, Smith met with the Miami Dolphins. But once Manning was no longer available, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh successfully made a strong push to convince Smith to return.With the 49ers set to begin the 2012 regular season in Green Bay against the Packers, Harbaugh is showing his commitment to Smith by touting him as the "unquestioned leader" of the team."He's our unquestioned leader and we have tremendous confidence in Alex because of the way he works, the way he prepares," Harbaugh told the Green Bay media in a telephone conference Wednesday.Though Harbaugh refused to expand on his statement...
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