He’s the feel-good story of the NFL this season — the former first-round draft pick derided by most as a below-average quarterback who led his franchise to heights it hasn’t experienced since a Hall-of-Famer was playing the position.
You just haven’t heard all that much about him.
No, really. You haven’t. Because I’m talking about Alex Smith.
The San Francisco 49ers are on the brink of their first Super Bowl appearance in 17 years thanks in large part to the underappreciated play of Smith, who long ago looked liked he’d be boarding the Ryan Leaf/Akili Smith/Cade McNown Bus of Top 10 QB picks who never did a damn thing in the NFL. That he’s still a starter seven years after being drafted is somewhat of a miracle in itself.
Smith is far from the sole reason for San Francisco’s success. Most of the credit is due to the Niners’ defense, excellent play in all areas of special teams, running back Frank Gore and the new attitude instilled in the team by coach Jim Harbaugh. I’m just sa...