January 29, 2013
The longest hour of 49ers QB Alex Smith's life
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

Niners quarterback Alex Smith walks on the field after he was not given a booth to answer questions during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (Joe Skipper/Reuters)

NEW ORLEANS - It had to have been the longest hour of Alex Smith's life.

As brutal as the past two months undoubtedly have been for the deposed San Francisco 49ers quarterback, it was tough to watch him surrounded, literally, by reporters for the full hour Tuesday at Super Bowl XLVII Media Day in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Reporters came and went, but he had to stand there, patiently answering the same questions over and over, phrased differently, but ultimately stabbing at the same wound.

The Niners coaches benched Smith in mid-November for Colin Kaepernick, even though the eight-year veteran had been playing very well in 2012. Kaepernick, though, has been playing spectacularly ever since, and is a big reason the Niners are here.

All Smith can do now is be a professional -- that is, be a backup.

"Yeah, that's my job," Smith said, appearing as dispirited as he probably is. "Be ready to go. You never know what could happen."



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