Posted January 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer Justin Smith bull-rushed Jermon Bushrod, driving the 315-pound NFL offensive lineman into the backfield as if he were a rag doll, reached over his shoulder and dragged quarterback Drew Brees to the ground to force an incomplete pass. The play in last week's playoff win over New Orleans showcased the skills that have made Smith the leader on the San Francisco defense that has led the 49ers to the NFC championship game against the New York Giants on Sunday. There is the brute strength that allows him to overpower opponents, the athleticism that leads to his big plays and an unmatched intensity and relentlessness that has made Smith one of the most unheralded stars in the game. Coach Jim Harbaugh called Smith the ''toughest player'' he has ever been around in his long career as a player and a coach. ''You talk about 10 out of 10. You can't get any better, can't be any better than 10 out of 10,'' Harbaugh said. ''Then, he finds a...
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