Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 9/19/12

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 29: Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on November 29, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Through the ups and downs of a tumultuous seven seasons, Alex Smith is still in San Francisco after being the top overall draft pick by the team in 2005 and is now thriving as the starting quarterback for the 49ers.It's never been easy on Smith, despite the lofty draft status and that he has survived into his eighth season leading San Francisco is a testament to his resiliency and willingness to adapt. On many occasions, fans and the media have felt the 49ers should have cut their losses and moved on from Smith, who was inconsistent at best his first six seasons.Enter new coach Jim Harbaugh last season and something clicked with Smith, who is second in the league with a 115.9 quarterback rating through two games this season."Don't feel like I'm doing anything special," Smith said on a conference call with Minnesota media in advance of this week's game with the Vikings. "I just feel like I'm just playing football, playing more consistently and just doing my job. ...
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