Found January 18, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
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...

49ers TE Vernon Davis credits Mike Singletary for guiding him to this point

When Vernon Davis returned to the sideline after his game-winning 14-yard touchdown catch to beat the Saints on Saturday, tears flowed from his eyes. A burden had been lifted from the battle-tested warrior. He, along with so...

Nation Is Seeing a New Alex Smith

It wasn’t by chance that Alex Smith was able to zip a perfect pass to Vernon Davis, or that Davis was able to make what he’s labeled “The Grab” for the winning touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints Saturday. The Niners quarterback and tight end have been playing together since 2006, and they were roommates this summer at training...

Connecting the dots on the Alex Smith Redemption: Nolan to Singletary to Camp Alex to glory

* Here’s Jim Trotter’s tremendous Alex Smith story in Sports Illustrated. If you haven’t already, and you’re a 49ers fans, you’ve got to read it, though, judging from all the messages I got early this morning, I think most of you have read it and enjoyed every word of... Continue reading...

Alex Smith Thinks Eli Manning Has Faced Pressure, Had it Rough

Alex Smith has been thrown around plenty throughout his career. The 49ers have made three head coaching changes and gone through even more offensive systems since he was drafted in 2005. He’s been benched because of injuries or poor play, but still managed to become the starter again. Overcoming all that led Vernon Davis to call Smith the “strongest individual” he’s met....

Harbaugh on his NFC finalist 49ers: “It’s a wicked competitive fight in our guys”

Very, very expansive Jim Harbaugh presser today–36 minutes plus, which is quite long for him, and he hit on all the major points, mostly discussing the “heroics” of his 49ers players. They’re on the brink of a Super Bowl berth, with a home game vs. the NY Giants all... Continue reading...

NY Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers: Five Players To Watch

This weekend the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers will meet in San Francisco to determine who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. While both teams are full of talented players, this article examines five players who are going to be the biggest factors in determining if their team wins or loses this weekend. Alex Smith, San Francisco:In football, praise for a successful...

Monte Poole: San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis completes transformation into team leader

49ers leave the gloating to the Giants

SANTA CLARA – Hopped up by the energy and euphoria of his game-winning touchdown pass Saturday, Alex Smith couldn't resist tossing a dig or two toward the New Orleans Saints defenders who had been chirping at him throughout the game. Jeff Chiu Associated Press Alex Smith admits to some trash talking Sunday during the 49ers' victory over New Orleans, but Wednesday he...

Rookie LB Williams has TE Davis in his sights

Jacquian Williams saw Vernon Davis galloping all over the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Saints, hauling in passes, breaking big plays, and ultimately catching the game-winning touchdown pass.

Rolle: Careful what you pray for, Vernon!

Antrel Rolle is glad to have answered Vernon Davis’ prayers. But he has a warning for the 49ers tight end and his teammates: Be careful what you wish for.

Giants' Manning, 49ers' Smith overcome scrutiny

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. (AP) - The Giants' Eli Manning has been forced to escape the shadow of superstar big brother, Peyton. San Francisco's Alex Smith? He only has a pair of Hall of Famers in Joe Montana and Steve Young hanging over him in 49ers lore.Two No. 1 pick quarterbacks ...

Rapper Sellassie Could be Next Ashkon

A new rap song is making the rounds here in the Bay Area that has San Francisco Giants baseball fans thinking about a little diddy that became infamous in the weeks ahead of the teams World Series victory. It an "ode to the 49er" anthem written by Sellassie, who is a rapper, a San Francisco native and a big sports fan.  It's part rap, part Jim Harbaugh locker-room...
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